Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen one of Bayview’s most beloved landmarks get the renovation of a lifetime. In advance of the October grand opening, we could not be more excited to announce that the Bayview Opera House is letting fans and supporters in for the first time with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 20!
The Bayview Opera House is San Francisco’s oldest theatre and has hosted everything from community building events to rallies and theatrical performances throughout its 127 years. Starting as an ambitious upgrade project in March 2014, the Bayview Opera House has seen its fair share of trials in tribulations in the renovation process.
According to SF Curbed, “This began as a routine update to the famous circa 1888 building, initially financed by a $197,000 grant in 2007. First, the floors (long obscured by linoleum) had to be rescued. Then water damage and dry rot was found creeping into the walls. As more and more was done, more problems surfaced. The whole thing eventually snowballed into a $5.3 million overhaul that broke ground in 2014.”
The renovation encompassed much-needed structural upgrades including a new contemporary entrance to the historic Newcomb Street façade, an expanded plaza with a new wooden outdoor stage, new steps, lighting and an entry porch making arrival to the theater more welcoming and the Main Entry being more visible from Third Street. Additional structural work has also been completed and will enhance the safety of the structure and the building and the grounds are now completely ADA accessible.
Even with the new makeover, the Bayview Opera House plans to carry out its overarching mission of serving as the hub of art and culture in the Bayview community by providing accessible, diverse and high-quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment.