1888: Opera comes to Hunters Point
The 300-seat Bayview Opera House is built at 4705 Third Street, in the heart of Bayview-Hunters Point. It’s a magnificent Victorian edifice, inside and out. Although no opera ever takes the stage here, a large number of dramas and vaudeville acts are performed. Over the years, several renowned actors and actresses use the house as a launchpad for their careers. The most famous of these is playwright David Belasco, who later becomes influential in the New York theater scene. Running today as a non-profit arts organization, the Bayview Opera House remains the oldest theater in San Francisco.