From youth programs to breaking theatrical ground, this local space has become a San Francisco staple.. In Short This theater was founded in 1981 for youth classes. Since then, the center has grown, never losing its vision to educate not only its youngest students, but its audience as well. Three small theaters, ranging from 60 to 140 seats, provide the backdrop for the center's performances. Afternoons are reserved for youth theater classes, while evenings offer the high-quality productions for which the company has become known.