The 27th San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place April 10–14, 2024, at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre at 3301 Lyon Street in San Francisco’s Marina District.
This beautiful Beaux Art structure was originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. After the world’s fair closed in December, 1915, most of its buildings were demolished but the cherished Bernard Maybeck-designed Palace was preserved. Meant only to last for the duration of the fair, the Palace was completely reconstructed with more stable materials in the late 1960s. And in 1970, the 960-seat Palace of Fine Arts Theatre became part of the complex. We look forward to presenting our live-cinema event in this incredible setting!
The Palace sits in a spectacular setting on the eastern edge of San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. The Presidio contains San Francisco’s oldest structure (the Officers’ Club), the Walt Disney Family Museum, world-class restaurants, and beautiful hiking trails with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. From the Palace, it is a half-mile walk to Chestnut and Union Streets both brimming with shops and restaurants.
Getting To the Theater
The Palace has a parking lot, available to festival-goers. Put 3301 Lyon Street in your GPS.
For comprehensive regional public transportation information, point-to-point transit or driving directions as well as live traffic reports, please visit 511.org.
MUNI bus lines that run near the theater: 22, 28, 30, 41, 43, and 45
Getting to San Francisco
San Francisco San Francisco International (SFO) — 15 miles south of the city of San Francisco
Oakland International Airport (OAK) — 20 miles east of the city of San Francisco
Both SFO and OAK have easy access to San Francisco via BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), cab, shuttle, or car
Getting Around San Francisco
San Francisco MUNI provides bus, light rail, cable car, and historic streetcar service throughout the city. BART serves downtown San Francisco and the Mission District and shares downtown stations with Muni light rail lines.
San Francisco’s climate is mild—the temperature rarely goes above 80° or below 40°. Be advised, though, that the city’s weather is extremely variable—from season to season, hour to hour, and neighborhood to neighborhood. Winter days can be warm, summer days can be frigid and vise versa. Be prepared. Wear sheddable layers—sweaters and warm scarves are just the ticket.
SFSFF doesn’t allow filming or recording of any kind during performances
Phone use is not permitted during performances. Not only is phone use distracting for other audience members, it is disruptive and disrespectful to our performers. If you use your phone during a program you will be asked to leave without a refund.
Image credit: Rhododendrites