San Francisco’s A.C.T. Ticket Deals & Tips
Whether you live in the San Francisco area or come often for visits, a trip to American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) makes for a memorable night out. Well-curated performances take place here every year on stunning stages.
While the San Francisco Bay Area boasts more than 300 resident theater companies well-loved by a thriving theater community, A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theatre) is worth a special mention because it’s a nonprofit that nurtures new talent.
Gotta love that, and the beautiful Beaux Arts–style design of the Geary Theater, too — that’s A.C.T.’s 100-year-old main stage. What I like about A.C.T. overall is they help keep theater alive and kicking in San Francisco.
Deals or no deals, their tickets are affordable. And when you get tickets to one of their shows you’re not only getting a fun evening out, you’re supporting the arts in San Francisco and helping to bring fresh blood to local theater
The main A.C.T. venue is the Geary Theater, on Geary Street. If you enjoy live entertainment in elegant settings, put this historic venue on your short list. Speaking of short, if you’re headed to the Geary, short legs are better than long.
The theater was built back when people were smaller in stature, so you might find the seats a bit cozy. For viewing, there are no bad sections, although I try to avoid seats on the very ends.
On the plus side, if you’re sitting on the end, you can stretch your legs sideways, and you can easily escape to the small cocktail bar on the third floor to grab a refreshment. The mixed drinks are pretty good.
Along with the Geary Theater, A.C.T. has two newer venues. The Strand Theater, across from Civic Center’s UN Plaza, has a 283-seat theater, a 120-seat event space, a nice cafe, and a relaxed ambiance. More importantly for some, this shiny new venue has plenty of leg room.
The Costume Shop is the third theater venue, an intimate black-box performance and rehearsal space on Market Street that features new works and eclectic stuff, often performed by students and alumni of A.C.T.s Master of Fine Arts program.
I know some people just don’t think going out to the theater is a thing anymore. It is, of course. But if your date, friend, or family isn’t big on seeing plays, consider taking them first to ACT’s popular holiday production of A Christmas Carol, which is one of the best I’ve seen and the show has a wider audience appeal than some of the others.
Or for those with a San Francisco sense of humor, check out one of The Strand’s popular midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Get their feet wet with the popular stuff, then dare them to try a newer, more innovative production.
If you go, here are some tips for a savvy night of theater — starting with a roundup of A.C.T. ticket deals.
Here are the mostly half off ticket deals available via a few savvy sources around the Web. Some require signup (free) to access the best prices. Check these out and see what you think. Note: If you don’t see the links here, check back later for updates.
Discount Tickets for American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
Other Ways to Save at A.C.T.
The following is a list of discount opportunities offered directly at the A.C.T. box office.
Beginning two hours before curtain, a limited number of discounted tickets are available to seniors (65+), teachers and administrators, full-time students, and anyone age 29 and younger. Show your ID (limit one ticket per ID). Not valid for Premiere Orchestra seating.
For matinee performances, all seats are just $20 for seniors (65+). Seniors can save $35 on A.C.T.’s 7-play packages, $30 off 6-play packages, $25 off 5-play packages, and $20 off 4-play packages. Valid for Saturday 2 p.m. or Sunday 2 p.m. matinee series only (no previews). Limit: two (2) subscriptions per valid ID.
Via Blue Star Families, A.C.T. ticket deals are sometimes available to U.S. military, spouses, children, and veterans. Get on their email list for upcoming discounts.
Student/Educator Subscription Deals
Know Before You Go
Before you head out to the theater, you might find the following information helpful.
Address & Location, Parking / Directions
Here are the main locations for American Conservatory Theatre.
A.C.T. The Geary Theater
Address: 415 Geary St., San Francisco, California
Getting There: Get off at the Powell Street BART station. Or park at the Mason O’Farrell Garage (corner of Mason & O’Farrell streets).
A.C.T. The Strand Theater
Address: 1127 Market St., San Francisco, California
Getting There: Public transportation is recommended (just steps away from Civic Center BART and MUNI stations). If you’re driving, A.C.T. partners with the Soma Grand Parking Garage (1160 Mission Street, directly behind the theater). Show your theater ticket to get discounted five-hour parking.
A.C.T. The Costume Shop
Address: 1117 Market Street, San Francisco, California
Getting There: Park at the SOMA Grand Parking Garage (same as for Geary Theater).
Dining at A.C T.
The theater opens an hour before curtain time. If you’re early to a Geary Theater performance, you can visit one of the bars (third floor or lower-level lobby). You can also pre-order your intermission treats and skip the line between acts. Also check out this list of restaurants near A.C.T. with special theater discounts.
What to Wear
You’ll see guests dressed in just about anything, even for holiday shows.
For details, times, and other important info, check the A.C.T. website: www.act-sf.org.