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George Washington Lisner Auditorium

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Address: 730 21st St NW, Washington DC, DC 20052-0050
Phone Number: (202) 994-6800
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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A Fine (but Plain Jane) Venue

We went to Lisner to hear Opera Lafayette's performance of opera from the French Revolution era. The acoustics are fine; the seats reasonably comfortable; the "decor" as plain as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're familiar with legroom in economy class on a budget airline, you'll be shocked that there is even less at Lisner. Trust me. Unless you get a seat at the end of the row where there's no seat in front of you, you won't enjoy the performance or the knee pain that follows. It's hard to comprehend the greed... More 

Thank 1NicePerson
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

We went to Lisner to hear Opera Lafayette's performance of opera from the French Revolution era. The acoustics are fine; the seats reasonably comfortable; the "decor" as plain as you could get. The singers were fine, though the staging, meant as both counterpoint and underlining of the era's overwrought emotion, was so bad it was actually comic. But don't hold... More 

Thank dlosea
Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Washington Concert Opera series is held at this auditorium. I find the acoustics in this hall quite suitable for such performances. It is just one massive space, so there is no overhanging balconies to muffle the sounds. The only drawback is their antiquated rest rooms. I would also like to have accessible water fountain, instead of having to buy... More 

Thank Margaret C
Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

For an auditorium it was nice. All the staff I encountered was friendly. We sat in the middle row N and the seats were great. Small enough venue that probably not a bad seat. Enjoy,

Thank DC_Cazador
Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Perfect size Auditorium to see the stage and take photos. Comfortable seats. Lighting is good. Enough exits for a crowd.

Thank luvintootravel
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Built in 1941, this storied auditorium has hosted concerts, plays and other events. I was there for the National Science Bowl final round competition. The exterior is limestone in a spare stripped classicism of the 1940s. The sightlines are excellent and the acoustics are good in the auditorium. Outside on the NE corner stands the River Horse sculpture. Part of... More 

Thank Dale L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

... not the Auditorium. We came to watch the final home basketball game of the season. We won beat UMass and had a blast!

Thank Ben L
Edenton, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I saw a concert here a while back and can't say this venue was great for the type of music performed. Acoustic songs sounded okay, but as soon as they brought drums in, the sound was just terrible - very muddy and far too loud. Clearly this auditorium is better suited for lectures/guest speakers than it is for concerts. The... More 

Thank Amanda P
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time seeing Stephen King at the Lisner The place was perfect for the event and the staff were very helpful and friendly

Thank 804mini
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

One word Stephen King!!!! He curses a lot!!! Looking forward to reading his new book!!! We had really great seat!!! He's wickedly funny!!!

Thank Ryan M

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