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Dock Street Theater

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Neighborhood: French Quarter
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Address: 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC
Phone Number: (843) 577-7183 ‎
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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amazing actors and amazing artectiture

this building is very historic and has an amazing garden, and amazing actors. there is a park across from the theater, which is fun to look around and sit, there is a time capsule... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Summerville, South Carolina
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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

this building is very historic and has an amazing garden, and amazing actors. there is a park across from the theater, which is fun to look around and sit, there is a time capsule logged in the ground, and the children like to run around it and such, over all, it's a great place to visit!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Visited with Jeff Zimmerman of Charleston Nutshell tours. We ended our tour here and walked upstairs to view the beautiful rebuilt and small intimate theatre. With a interesting history which includes tearing down and rebuilding in the same spot, Dock Street Theatre still survives the shifting sand of time. I would like to see something from the balcony in the... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We walked through this theater and were impressed after reading about it's history and the fact that it was rebuilt so well after being razed years ago. I would have loved to attend a concert or play there. Balcony seating please. We talked with a lovely lady sitting at the front doors who also told us about the theater.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We started our weekend in Charleston with a play at the Dock Street Theater - "You Can't Take It With You." The playhouse is really neat, very historic and in great shape. It's a small theater, so it definitely feels intimate. But, probably due largely to its age, it's HOT inside. The AC never really seemed to crank up, so... More 

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Dallas Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a beautiful theater and is a well preserved piece of history. We enjoyed the grandeur of this historic building. Our tour was self guided and not rushed.The attendants there were friendly and very helpful and informative.

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Charleston, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

It is an excellent venue for theater or musical performance. Very intimate setting and not a bad seat in the house. I prefer the balcony, but all seats are great. Enjoy intermission on the patio. Watching a play at Dock Street is like going back in time. Just great.

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Charleston SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Dock Street Theater - major scene for most theater performances in Charleston. It has been recently renovated.

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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great local theater. This is I believe, the oldest playhouse in the south if not the US. Recently remodeled, this theater is a treasure in Charleston. I believe you can walk in and tour but call to check. The sound, decor and quality of shows is sure to please.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Went here twice for Spoleto chamber music concerts ...it's wonderful. Intimate, small, lovely old theatre. Able to hear everything on stage. Best events we attended at Spoleto. Next year we'll attend more chamber music concerts here during Spoleto. Wasted time and money, e.g., going to hear Emmy Lou Harris, who had zero personality. (She performed at the college's basketball arena).... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We prefer sitting close - the balcony surrounds to main seating 'orchestra' part of the theater. Silly tip:? Air conditioning was freezing cold. (and Spoleto/Shakespeare's Globe/Romeo was excellent!)

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Additional Information about Dock Street Theater

Address: 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC
Phone Number: (843) 577-7183 ‎
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > French Quarter
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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