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Dock Street Theater

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Address: 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC
Phone Number: (843) 577-7183 ‎
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Tour of empty theatre worthwhile

Lots to see. Impressive history of the first theatre in America. Learn the story. Worth a stop of about 20 minutes. See if you can find a performance.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see. Impressive history of the first theatre in America. Learn the story. Worth a stop of about 20 minutes. See if you can find a performance.

1 Thank Lawrence2300
Atlanta, Georgia
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136 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was excited to see Little Shop Of Horrors in this historic theater. Ordered a single ticket online. 3rd row center. Picked up ticket at box office an hour before curtain. Returned 15 before the show should start. Sat at my seat till a woman arrived with a ticket for the same seat. As she was with friends, I gave her... More 

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United States
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92 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Performances in this historical building are always excellent. The building itself, in downtown Charleston, is worth stopping in to see.

Thank WanderlustItaly
Overland Park, KS
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85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

While visiting friends in Charleston they treated us to theater tickets to see Little Shop of Horrors at the Dock Street Theater. Earlier in the week we had done a free historic walking tour and were taken inside this amazing restored theater. Dock Street Theatre originally opened in 1736 and was the first building in America built specifically as a... More 

Thank KansasTravelers
Branson, Missouri
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550 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

The theater is thoroughly explained by Joyce on Picture Perfect Walks tour. Place burned down and was rebuilt using original plans, who knew. The craftsmanship is splendid. Beautiful, must see. Just walk in and check it out. You'll be glad you did. It adds to the historical Charleston story. Of interest to me was the "stupid" money, meaning tons of... More 

Thank Jerry B
Wellington, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We were walking down Dock Street and wandered into the Dock Street Theater. It's a beautiful place that makes you feel like you just stepped back 150 years into history. We walked up stairs and sat in the balcony seats. We would have liked to see a show, but they were in between shows during our visit. Too bad. Maybe... More 

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Zeeland, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We just happened to walk past the Dock Street Theater and walked in. We were given information about the theater and were able to take our own tour. This theater is just beautiful!

Thank ZeelandScoutMom
Penfield, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Had never been to the Dock Street Theater and decided to catch "The Producers" while visiting Charleston. A simply glorious old theater and a phenomenal production of the show. Love the courtyard at intermission. A true gem!

Thank AR R
St. Joseph
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I took a bus tour group here to see The Producers. We wouldn't have seen a better production in NYC or Chicago - absolutely first-rate! It's a wonderful facility, and not a bad seat in the house. You could go to Broadway and spend three times the price for the nose-bleed seats, or just go to "The Dock" for excellent... More 

Thank Mywak
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

It takes a lot to get me into one of those Dock Street Theater seats. So inexcusably uncomfortable, they can turn a three hour evening into a medieval torture chamber. However, The Producers actually made me forget my pain. Absolutely the best show I've ever seen in Charleston. Every bit as good as some I've seen on Broadway. Such a... More 

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