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“McLean Community Center - Alden Theatre” 5 of 5 stars
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Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 22101
703-790-9223
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Ranked #5 of 13 attractions in McLean
Type: Theaters
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Owner description: The intimate Alden Theatre has near-perfect acoustics and a welcoming environment that will make you feel at home. Our Professional Artist Series features nationally and internationally known artists from the worlds of music, dance and theatre. Introduce your child to the arts through our McLean Kids Performance Series or Jammin’ Juniors concerts in McLean Central Park. Travel to far off lands with our Travel and Adventure Film Series. There’s something for everyone to see and to enjoy.
McLean, Virginia
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“McLean Community Center - Alden Theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The community is fortunate to have Alden Theatre as a center for the performing arts. While the quality of its performances varies from skilled amateurs to true professionals, the variety of presentations is something residents truly appreciate. There's not a bad seat in the house. Acoustics are pleasing for lectures, films and music.

Visited July 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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“Nice facility for community theater”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Alden Theatre is one facility within the McLean Community Center. It is a well equipped small theater that supports better-than-average local performances of plays, screening of films, music concerts, comedy shows, etc. The seating is spacious and comfortable. I don't think there are any bad seats in the house. Plenty of on-site parking is available.

Visited July 2013
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“We are blessed as McLeaneans to have the Alden around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

It is a small/great theater that comes up with a cleverly selected repertoire every year and is run like clock-work thanks to its management and to its small army of volunteers.

Good to have the Alder around!

Visited May 2013
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“McLean Community Center got it right!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The McLean Community Center got it right; the Alden Theatre is housed inside of the Center. How often can one see a free jazz concert, lecture, and Jewelry show, all at one time,and in one building? I came to the Center to tour the 6th Annual Juried Handcrafted Jewelry show but stayed for the 1PM free jazz concert and lecture by nationally renown jazz pianist, John Eaton. Eaton played and sang tunes from jazz legends; he focused much of the lecture on Harold Arlen, the composer of "Stormy Weather". Additional photographs and slideshows of the concert and jewelry show are on my travel blog at jdrolle.blogspot.com.

The Alden Theatre's 2013 Spring season has a diverse line up of dance, recitals, orchestras and concert pianists. The free events include a Young soloists recital; dance and dessert with Christopher K. Morgan; a lecture with Brian Greene; and a concert with Joni Chan. The fee events include a concert with Asphalt Orchestra; Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra; and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists: MoveMENt. There appears to be something for everyone.

Visited February 2013
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McLean VA
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“Excellent community theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

The Alden theater is a wonderful gem -- one of the highlights of McLean. The shows are professionally produced --and it provides an opportunity for local children who are aspiring actors. The tickets are reasonably priced. We have seen many plays here and have never been disappointed.

Visited October 2011
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