520 Shelton Theater Tips
- Casual 10
- Dressy 2
- Take public transit 9
- Parking is cheap 1
- Parking is free 1
- Dine before you go 2
- Food and drinks for purchase 2
Don't sit stage right near the top because the music sometimes drowns the dialogue
I wore Jeans ,low heel boots, upscale top.casual top would've been fine too. Warm inside theatre..
There are steep stairs down to the theater. There is an elevator but be sure it's functioning (which means the gate and door have to be closed (on the second floor or the basement) before it can be sent to the street level. If it doesn't come in a minute, someone has to close the gate on whatever floor the elevator is on before the person who needs the elevator can it.
The blackboard upstairs read that this performance was in "the cabaret." Those of us who arrived early congregated at that end of the room to garner good seats when the doors opened. In fact, it was in the space at the opposite end of the room and those who arrived later entered first for open seating. People who arrived well after the performance began, walked right in front of the singers. One couple had even stopped at the bar before interrupting! BTW: the bathrooms are on the street level and upstairs. Use them before you make the steep descent if your event is in the basement
Get a glass of wine... you're allowed to take it in!
Eat at Sears, around the corner. Take the 2 or 3 Muni.
The box office didn’t open until about 5 minutes before the show and although the theater was small the cast would have benefited from a microphone especially on quiet lines and sung notes at the lower end of their range.
Good and cheap (for S.F.) parking can be found at the Sutter-Stockton Garage.
The theater needs a good cleaning as it is probably moldy. I notice that it is always cold in that particular space in this multi-theater building. I wonder if it is attempt to mask the smell. it doesn't.
Lori's Diner, 500 Sutter St. (NW cor. of Powell & Sutter) is a 24 hour diner with a wide selection of items, breakfast items available at all hours; my favorite: their 'world famous corned beef hash' w/ eggs and potatoes), pizza, and the whole place decorated with original 1950s memorabilia including an Edsel motor car.
We went to a Tratto-an Italian bistro at 501 Geary, a few blocks from the theater. It was excellent with generous portions depsite what the reviews said. We had the best calamari we've ever had and we've had it hundreds of times! Service is stellar, atmosphere if fun and it will be a go to in the future!
The weather was beautiful. I wore my usual casual ware. Pants, top and jacket. No need to dress up unless you want to..