San Francisco has had a thriving improv theatre community, with a distinctly different style of improv than much of the rest of the country. Unlike Chicago where one venue will host three 30-45 minute shows in one evening, most San Francisco improv shows are 2 hours long, complete with their own intermission. And while Chicago and New York are full of improv companies who perform formats based on the Harold (with multiple storylines going on at the same time), San Francisco is full of improv shows with single-story formats. Often referred to as play-length improv shows, these improv shows are rooted in the idea that if someone can perform something scripted (like a play, movie, or musical) then it can also be improvised just as well.

Masonic Auditorium
1111 California Street
(415) 776-4702

War Memorial Opera House and SF Ballet
301 Van Ness Avenue
(415) 864-3330

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
(415) 864-6000

Curran Theater
445 Geary Street
(415) 551-2000

Golden Gate Theatre
1 Taylor Street
(415) 551-2000

Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness Ave
(415) 621-6600

Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
(415) 551-2000

American Conservatory Theater
415 Geary Street
(415) 749-2228

Magic Theatre
Fort Mason Center, Building D
(415) 441-8822

Beach Blanket Babylon
678 Green Street
(415) 421-4222

Vocal ensemble Chanticleer
44 Page Street, Suite 604
(415) 252-8589

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
1800 Market Street, PMB 100
(415) 865-3650

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
584 Castro Street, PMB 841
(415) 255-1355

Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco
584 Castro Street, #486
(415) 295-4469

Golden Gate Men's Chorus
116 Eureka Street
(415) 668.GGMC

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
405 Geary Street
(415) 749-2228

New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC)
25 Van Ness Avenue at Market
(415) 861-4914

Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street
(415) 626-2787

Magic Theatre
Fort Mason Center, Building D
(415) 441-8822

BATS Improv
350 Fort Mason Center
(415) 474-6776

The Un-Scripted Theater Company
533 Sutter Street

The San Francisco Improv Alliance
621 Natoma Street
(415) 863-1076

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