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SF Landmark #8 About the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre


Originally named the South San Francisco Opera House, still the name engraved over the historic front entrance, the building became the Bayview Opera House when South San Francisco became its own incorporated city. In 1995 the building was renamed per resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, in honor of playwright, director, actress and activist, Ruth Williams, the "Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre".


  • Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places (Submitted 08/31/2010 by Architectural Resources Group)
    This document includes a history of the BVOH and makes the case for why our building should be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Official National Register Acceptance List published 4-1-2011 by the National Park Service

  • History of the Bayview Opera House and Looking Back - Ruth Williams Heritage Magazine by Amanda Jones

  • You can call it "the Opera House" Quesada Gardens Blog by Jeffrey Betcher

    The Opera House is available to rent for corporate, governmental and private parties and events. The facility features a 300-seat theater with a 45' indoor stage, full sized movie screen with digital projector, a wooden outdoor stage in an enclosed garden courtyard, free wireless internet access, two dressing rooms, and a classroom for breakout sessions.

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