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Great Star Theater during the Empire Strips Back

Music, Magic, Circus, Comedy, and More

Upcoming Shows & Event Calendar

We're back!

The historic Great Star Theater has undergone extensive renovations and cleaning and is now open. This has been a community-driven effort, and we welcome any help, donations, or volunteers. Want to be one of the first to perform in this beautifully refreshed venue? Find venue rental details here. Want to contribute to the cause? We launched a Patreon for donations as well as monthly memberships that have great perks like early access to show tickets or private screenings. We would also love to help take any old theater, sound, or lighting equipment off your hands as a tax-deductable donation.

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This is an exciting new beginning and we hope you can join us to celebrate the end of the pandemic in style. Sign up to our email newsletter or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to keep up to date, and we hope to see you there!

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A historic Chinese Opera Performance

The Great Star Theater is Magic

Built in 1925, the 500-seat Great Star Theater is the only remaining theater in San Francisco's Chinatown. Throughout the years it has hosted countless Chinese operas, Chinese movies, local artists, and amazing musical, circus, and variety performers from the world over.

We are working to preserve that monumental history while also bringing fresh life to this beloved venue. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community theater which strives to ensure local theater, cabaret, variety, and Chinese opera has a home in San Francisco. We are restoring and operating this historic venue as well as partnering with local artists to produce live shows and keep local arts alive amidst these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 Policy

As of July 6, 2022

Most productions are no longer requiring proof of vaccination or masks, including the Empire Strips Back.

By purchasing tickets to an event, you agree to comply with any restrictions which may end up being in place. Refunds are available if you if you have tested positive for Covid-19. Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to keep everyone healthy while also providing the best possible experience to all.