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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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Historic, beautiful and charming!

It is an experience just to walk into this beautiful space. It is small but actually perfect for just about any type of performance. I saw an amazing soul performance and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Eee E
Sandy Springs, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was part of the walking tour we took. Very interesting place as it was the first theater in the USA. Rich history and the restoration is making good progress. Seats now vintage and to see a show would be spectacular Very interesting

1 Thank pw0867
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This free theatre tour is worth a stop of 20 minutes or so if you are walking by. It has an impressive history and it would be interesting to see a show there. This theatre was opened in 1736 and was the first building in the USA specifically built to be a theatre.

Thank RandyRoss
Sandy Springs, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

It is an experience just to walk into this beautiful space. It is small but actually perfect for just about any type of performance. I saw an amazing soul performance and the acoustics were perfect. Sitting in the comfortable seats just looking around put a smile on my face.

1 Thank Eee E
Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

This is a great little place to get out and see a show while traveling. We saw "A Christmas Story" it was cute and entertaining. Worth a visit if they are open when you're in town.

Thank Clifford M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

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.

2 Thank Lawrence2300
Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

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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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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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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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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