The 1000-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theatre lends itself to larger than life performing art pieces with a greater touch of accessibility than some of the more obscure San Francisco venues. From children's musicals to jazz exhibitions and film retrospectives, one never knows what's going on behind the buildings gorgeous French facade; one just knows it'll be worth stopping in.
Built in S. Portland Maine and launched June 19, 1943, the O'Brien had a distinguished wartime duty. She participated in the D-Day invasion in 1944. Still operational today, she welcomes visitors at Pier 45 for tours and cruises of San Francisco bay.