The Regency Center 1290 Sutter Street • San Francisco • California 94109


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Completed in 1909 as a Scottish Rite Temple, The Regency Center later housed a movie theater for many years, and now it has a new lease on life as a fabulous event site.

The Regency's most impressive space is the Lodge, located on the third floor. If the word "lodge" makes you think of log cabins and pot-bellied stoves, you'll be delightfully surprised by this room's absolute splendor. Here, carved wainscoting and a 35-foot-high ceiling traversed by arched, dark wood beams impart the grandeur of a Gothic cathedral. Crimson velvet walls and carpeting add sumptuous warmth. Antique acorn-shaped chandeliers and coach-lantern wall sconces augment the soft amber glow cast by the stained-glass windows lining one wall. Among the Lodge's other amenities are a 1909 Austin pipe organ and a splendid elevated stage with 30 exquisite hand-painted backdrops made in a Hollywood studio during the 1920s.

On this floor you'll also find two other rooms that are ideal for entertaining on a slightly smaller scale. The Regency Room features details that captivate the eye wherever you look: moldings and ceiling beams carved with grapevines and other nature motifs; light fixtures constructed of rows of small crystals; and breathtaking silk tapestries, embroidered by hand using gold and copper thread. On the more practical side, this room also has a working fireplace, white oak-paneled walls, and solid pocket doors that can be closed for privacy. The elegant Candidate Room is bright and open, with mirrored walls, gold candle chandeliers and sconces, plus large windows that frame views of San Francisco.

A marble staircase takes you to the center's second level and the Grand Ballroom. From its polished hardwood floor to its 35-foot ceiling, the Ballroom is a shining example of turn-of-the-century craftsmanship. The walls, ceiling, moldings and wainscoting are all covered in elaborate neoclassical plasterwork, while 22 teardrop chandeliers hang from the carved, beamed ceiling. The Grand Ballroom also has a built-in stage, as well as a horseshoe-shaped balcony, making it well suited for lectures, business seminars, and awards banquets. Adjoining the Grand Ballroom is the Rotunda, an enchanting foyer with a mosaic floor, crystal chandelier, and carved neoclassical ceiling. It's a lovely place for guests to mingle before an event or take a break from the festivities.

On the center's lower level, the Social Hall and Annex introduce you to sophistication on a large scale. These connected rooms share beautifully vaulted, beamed ceilings, and blonde hardwood floors that gleam in the light cast from a series of frosted glass-and-brass fixtures. The two spaces are linked by a pair of open archways, which gives you easy access to both—use one for a pre-reception area or breakout room and the other as a separate dining or meeting room. The Annex includes a brand-new 40-foot wooden bar ready to serve a variety of specialty cocktails from Best Beverage Catering.

It's always a pleasure to see historic landmarks brought back to life, especially when the building is as spectacular as this one. We think that The Regency's gorgeous décor and turn-of-the-century ambiance are the perfect antidote to today's streamlined, pragmatic world, and so will you.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $6,500–25,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 628 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 1400 0
Reception Seated 400 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 628.

CEREMONY/MEETING CAPACITY: The venue has 3 separate levels: Lodge level seats 300 theater-style, the Ballroom seats 628 theater-style, and the Social Hall seats up to 300 theater-style.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The venue has 3 separate levels: Lodge level seats 240 banquet-style, the Ballroom seats up to 400 banquet-style, and the Social Hall seats up to 350 banquet-style. The facility holds up to 1,400 standing guests indoors.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, until 2am.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Ballroom
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: tables provided on every level, chairs provided on Lodge & Sutter levels only
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: on all levels
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample nearby garages, on street or valet
Accommodations: hotels nearby
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
Cleanup: caterer
View: no
Other: bar service, built-in bar, one stage per floor, 1909 pipe organ, 31 hand-painted backdrops


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: provided by Best Beverage Catering
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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