We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dock Street Theater

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC
Phone Number: (843) 577-7183 ‎
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 254 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 157
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Step back in time!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
ATexasMom
,
Dallas Texas
Add Photo

254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Dallas Texas
Level Contributor
63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston, SC
Level Contributor
37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston SC
Level Contributor
23 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston
Level Contributor
50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
199 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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!)

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
154 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This was a super show. We saw “Catch Me If You Can” and the cast did a great job with the show. Seats were definitely a little uncomfortable, but even so the show was great, views were perfect even from the side of the theater, would go back again in a heartbeat.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Dock Street Theater is beautiful inside and out. They offer wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages with snacks like Cliff bars and candy. I attended "Catch Me If You Can" on Friday. The orchestra did a great job as did the actors. Sound was clear and strong. I sat in the front row of the balcony. Visibility of the stage... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hagerstown, Maryland
Level Contributor
186 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

When I was making my plans to visit Charleston I was disappointed to see that the Dock Street Theater would not have any productions playing at the time of our stay. I was however tickled to death to see that they have the theater open as a tourist attraction during the days when it's not in use. What an awesome... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
66 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It won't take very much time but it is interesting to see the inside of this building. I always enjoy looking down at the stage from the boxes when there is no one else around.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Dock Street Theater also viewed

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Dock Street Theater? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Dock Street Theater

Address: 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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Dock Street Theater and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Richmond, Virginia
Boston, Massachusetts
4 months ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Dock Street Theater staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?