Strand Theater

Theater in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

What a comeback: this 1917 theater has shed its 1970s porn-palace notoriety and reclaimed the limelight as the American Conservatory Theater venue for commissioned pieces by cutting-edge playwrights – though the scarlet decor winks knowingly at its red-light past. Upstairs is a prime performance space for jazz and cabaret, with vast windows letting in moonlight and the Strand's neon marquee glow.