The 1000-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theatre lends itself to larger than life performing art pieces with a greater touch of accessibility than some of the more obscure San Francisco venues. From children's musicals to jazz exhibitions and film retrospectives, one never knows what's going on behind the buildings gorgeous French facade; one just knows it'll be worth stopping in.
The gallery area now houses the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and the Exploratorium. The theatre, which seats 1,000 in a continental-style configuration, was added in 1970. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is operated by the Palace of Fine Arts League, Inc., a non-profit corporation. Past events have included: The Late Show with David Letterman, Phil Donohue Show, Jay Leno, Joan Baez, Tori Amos, Robin Williams, Dave Koz, San Francisco Ballet, David Byrne, and Brian Eno.