80 Phoenix Theatre San Francisco Tips
- Casual 2
- Take public transit 3
- Park in lot 1
- Parking is scarce 1
- Dine before you go 1
- Food and drinks for purchase 1
The nearby Bartlett Hall is always a great choice for pre-theater drinks and food
It is NOT the "Phoenix Theatre" noted on the door on the 6th floor or on the info when I purchased my ticket. What looks as if it is someone's office is actually the lobby to a small performance space. This is the 2nd time I've been to an event in that space. Both times I was very early because the event was between two other things I scheduled for the day. Both times I sat on the stairs, waiting. The first time, I almost missed the event because no one came to tell me that the theatre space I knew was not the one used that day. This time, I asked someone passing through to the elevator. Evidently, people who use this odd space aren't aware that it does not appear to be a performance space to those of us from the outside. From the lobby, it looks like someone's office because we can only see a desk
I've been to many, many performances at 414 Mason, but this was the strangest experience. I saw a poster of another play on one door. I saw a sign noting that something else had moved to another floor. I assumed that this play would be behind that door. There was another door, slightly ajar. From what I could see, it looked like an office because I could see a young man at a desk and a young woman on a sofa. I arrived at the venue about an hour early so sat on the stairs in the lobby of the 6th floor, reading a book, waiting for someone to open a door to the play. At one point when I was reading a poster on the wall, the young man at the desk came out. He asked me if I d like "a brochure." That's when I realized he was somehow involved with the play I d come to see. I asked him why they scheduled such a late curtain. He said, "Late curtain?" I said, "Well, most plays begin no later than 8 PM." At 823 PM, I went to the door that had been slightly ajar earlier and asked when they were going to start the play scheduled to begin in 7 minutes. He said they would be about 5 minutes late. I said, "Oh, that's when you will open the house?" He said, "It's open now. That's when I realized that he wasn't sitting in an office but in an ante-room to a small performance space I did not know existed at 414 Mason. I'd seen a few people in jeans and hoodies enter, I thought they worked behind the scenes. When I asked why no one had said anything about the house being open, he said, "Oh. I didn't know you were ..." He never finished the sentence. I can only guess that he thinks it is normal for nicely-dressed senior citizens to hang out on the lobby steps of the 6th floor reading books. I told him that I attend over 100 plays a year and will mark this as the weirdest theatre experience ever.
You just enter the building and take the elevator up to the 6th floor. Easy to get to on MUNI and easy to find.
Drinks can be taken into the theatrical space, and apres the show, there are many options for dining experiences/
The weather was sunny, but breezy and chilly. I wore a sweater, scarf, and jacket.
O'Farrell garage is so cheap if you get there before 8:30 and stay 3 hours. Only $3
free wine! Dang, that is a nice little perk. Cookies are $1, which is a fair price imo.
The weather was a little cool outside.. I wore dressed in layers, as always. I'm usually cold when I sit in an audience, but I was fine here. Apparently other members of the audience were warm as they were fanning themselves, which I found distracting. Also the chairs are very creaky and when people would shift in their seats, it made noise which was also distracting..
Cheapest garage in the area is the Sutter/Stockton garage. I don't like to hike a mile from the parking and I found the walk to the theater to be quite easy.
Front of the building is very non-descript; look for the sandwich board and small sign. Theatre is up on the 6th floor.
they were serious about no late seating. they gave a few minutes leeway after 8:00PM for late comers, but once the show started it was not possible for people to be seated without disturbing the rest of us.