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Review of State Theatre

State Theatre
Ranked #59 of 150 things to do in Portland
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Rockland, Maine
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2012

been here several times for concerts. Very roomy in the chair seating area, but there is a stand only area in the front that can get alittle messy when people push to get to the front stage. The acoustics in this theatre is great!

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Westbrook, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Huge, no elevator, street parking”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

I went there for the first time to see Lily Tomlin. The place was much larger than I expected. An old theater with not so great decor. No elevator to the upper level. But enjoyed the show.

Visited January 2012
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Mapleton, Maine
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155 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Not the best venue to have class A acts in”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

I went to the State Theatre for a Panic! At The Disco concert back in late October, 2011. The concert halls were dirty and the security was very thin. Local drunkards were mingling with 15 year-olds in a poorly moderated environment. I went to take out money at an ATM to buy some merchandise and found out from one of the employees that it had been broken for weeks, you'd figure they would have fixed it for an event as big as this, especially considering the 90% of the merchants didn't accept credit cards. The mens bathroom was disgusting, even with the staff cleaning, although I figure the majority of it was the clienteles fault, I watched two men come in, puke in a urinal and then walk out, completely disgusting. The actual concert hall is alright, there's seating and a "mosh pit" - when security was around it consisted of sweaty, overweight 50-something year olds who probably would end up suing you because you gave them a heart attack, rather than actually taking you down; in a place like Portland you'd want security to be tight and intimidating. The acoustics in the actual hall are pretty good, the speaker system is definitely dated but you can hear everything pretty well no matter where you are. The State Theatre is definitely run down, but I'm sure there's a lot of worse concert halls out there.

Visited October 2011
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Hallowell, Maine
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Scruffy, but sometimes great shows”
Reviewed December 26, 2011

The State Theater has been through some tough times. My first show was the David Bromberg review, his 50th Birthday tour. We had dinner in the orchestra pit. The next show, fifteen years later was Taj and then Lilly Tomlin. Plenty of bar space. Bad air. Questionable sound. That said, every now and then things hit. Friends said the Shelia Jackson was sweet.

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