After a settlement agreement with concert promoter Live Nation and several millions of dollars spent on renovations, the Nob Hill Masonic auditorium is scheduled to re-open in September with an increased concert schedule, including appearances from the Pixies and British rockers the 1975.
Masonic Auditorium developers received approval last year from the San Francisco Planning Commission to expand its live music offerings under a variety of special conditions. Total capacity for the 1111 California Street venue is now up to 3,300 from a previous 3,166.
A short list of shows has been posted to the venue’s calendar, with country folk group Old Crow Medicine Show listed first on September 20 and immediately followed by back-to-back concerts from San Francisco pop rock band Train. The Pixies, Hall and Oats and the 1975 follow with shows through November.
Newly added amenities include an upgraded stage, improved sound system, fancy chandeliers, tiered audience floors, luxury VIP boxes, new bars and concession stands (there’s no word yet on if the affluent neighborhood’s NIMBY attitude has upgraded).
As part of the development, The Masonic contributed $100,000 to the renovation of the Huntington Park Children’s Playground in collaboration with the Nob Hill Association.