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“Too many bad locations for sounds and views”

The National Theatre
Ranked #112 of 430 things to do in Washington DC
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Vienna, Virginia, United States
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83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Too many bad locations for sounds and views”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

If you can get,and afford, a prime seat in the center of the orchestra section you will only have to worry about the old seats that are not comfortable. But on the sides you take a chance of having an obstructed view of only part of the stage and last night in a balcony section of the theater, they seemed to be unable to prevent the orchestra from drowning out the singers of Les Miz. The Balcony section is freaky steep yet somehow the heads in front of you WILL block your view. The old theater is technically handicapped accessible but not without a lot of hassle. There is a miniature elevator with four levels to serve. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available only on the 3rd and 4th floor and they are the regular ones with long lines...not special ones. If you require handicapped accessible go early and plan on taking awhile to get out at the end. Warner Theater and Kennedy Center are both much better both for accessibility and visibility from all seats.

Visited December 2012
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

got the chance to take some pictures
hope visit again one day. The theatre sat center of a lot of the other Museums.

Visited December 2012
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Herndon, Va
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83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Good Shows Nice Theater”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

I have been in many of the broadway theaters and the National is a very similar experience. One can count on good actors/performers, the shows are very well known ones on tour or on their way to New York.

Visited March 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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226 reviews
74 attraction reviews
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“National Theater is Lovely Facility in Downtown DC”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

Through the years we have attended a number of productions here - it is almost next door to a Marriott Hotel - and just a block or two from the White House. Access for a production is normally easy with lots of parking garages in the area and near Metro.

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NOVA
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Jersey Boys”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Great venue for the production. Sound and staging were wonderful. Our seats were right centerstage and about twenty rows back. Very, very good!

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