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The State Theatre

Address: 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone Number: 703 237 0300
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Performances
Activities: Nightlife
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Owner description: Built in 1936, The State Theatre operated as a popular movie until the late 1980's. The first film shown was Thanks A Million starring Dick Powell and on November 27, 1988 the State closed its doors after a final showing of Die Hard starring Bruce Willis. The first theatre on the East Coast to be centrally air-conditioned, the State was the flagship of the family-owned Neighborhood Theatres chain which also operated, among others, the Glebe (now a Duron paint store), the Buckingham (now a Post Office) and the Jefferson (now a Chile's restaurant). A multi-million dollar restoration in the late 1990's turned it into the Washington Metro area's favorite new venue for live music and private events. The full theatrical stage is original, as are the 200 balcony seats and both lobbies. The theatre seats on the main floor were removed to allow for the re-design of the auditorium which now accommodates full service dining, standing and dancing areas and two full service bars. The restoration also added a full service restaurant for dining and catering private events.

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Falls Church, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I've seen concerts, burlesque shows, movie and I've had great experience each time. The look gives it the authenticity of being old. It can get pretty crowded depending on what is showing, but they have seating in the balcony if you don't want to stand. I would eat beforehand though, the food is subpar.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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196 reviews 196 reviews
95 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Great spot for a concert, the sound system is adequate and the sight lines are good from everywhere. The only issue is the seating for dinner is at the back of the theater, so if you spend more you end up with worse seats.

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Falls Church
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Hey, they are in business to make money and offer an eclectic selection of acts. No criticism of that. However, since its original opening, it has grown steadily more 'corporate' in attitude and atmosphere. Security staff unbfiendly. Sound guys are awful; woe unto you if you try to tell them volume is too high; mix is muddy; vocals can't be... More

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northern VA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I have seen Tab several times in No VA in the last few years, the latest being Thursday night 8/14. The State is a perfect venue......you can sit at a table and have a nice per show dinner, sit in the balcony for a great unobstructed view or ( my preference ) go right down by the stage so you... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The state theater used to be just that - a neighborhood theater. One of the last to have had a balcony. It is right down town just off the town center and is now home to great bands both great groups from the 80's and some really good up and comers from this decade ;-)

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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Saw Leon Russel there -- great performance but sound was over-amped. Staff at door was rude; searched purses, confiscated water bottles, no PA message re. photographs, but then strongly enforced. Not nearly as welcoming as similar venues in the Washington DC area -- such as Birchmere, the Hamilton, Blues Alley which are much more comfortable.

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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you want to sit down at all during the show... Don't get upper balcony seats! There isn't even 6 inches for you legs.

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Vienna, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Used to come here as a teen to see movies, even sat in the same balcony that is still in use. I have seen many music acts here and you can get as close as you want to the stage. Love that there is room to dance, or stand around. The booze is reasonably priced.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Starts at the door where people who are 20 years old and younger are assessed a "security fee" because they have to hire more staff "to monitor" such pre-criminals. And the experience goes down hill from there.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Attended the Psychedelic Furs concert here. Paid extra for a table. The band and the concert were great, however, venue "management (read, hardly any...)" allowed anyone to stand where ever they wanted to without regard for others in attendance at tables or elsewhere. People came and stood in front of us even though we had paid more for a table...they... More

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