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“Great Place for a show”
Review of State Theatre

State Theatre
Ranked #59 of 150 things to do in Portland
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Boston
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305 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Great Place for a show”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

This is an old 1920s theater converted to a live performance venue. The old movie days are long gone- but there are plenty of bathrooms ( not always the case in old theaters) and the acoustics are great ( probably a remnant of being an old vaudeville venue). Head up to the balcony to avoid the moshpit on the floor and for great sightlines. The seats are comfortable and this is the perfect place to see up and coming bands ( or established acts that cannot fill bigger venues) up close and personal. On the night we were there, half the audience seemed to be from Boston-- and why not. Portland is an amazing place, and this theater-- though certainly not new- is a great place to catch a show.

Visited February 2014
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Portland, Maine
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A so-so Theatre experience”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

I went with my boyfriend to see Gabriel Iglesias, the hilarious commedian as part of his "Stand Up Revolution" tour. He was absolutely hilarious! The theatre was decked out "fluffy" style, and made for an enjoyable evening.

In terms of the theatre itself, the staff could use some work. The crew working the door checking for tickets and ID are down right surly. Asking for directions to your seat can be an experiment in customer service, whereas the staff seems to find the laziest way to guide you. I have to agree with the other reviewers when they say drunken behavior is the norm here. I had seats next to a young couple who came IN to the theatre hammered and had purchased several drinks during the show. Alcohol sales clearly take precedence here. This isn't the first time I've had an experience like this, either.

We don't have a lot of venue choices in southern Maine, but if you choose to travel to the State Theatre, it's definitely charming visually. If they could spend a little time training the crew on good customer service, it would take an average experience to a wonderful memory.

Visited December 2013
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Mechanic Falls, Maine
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Talent / Terrible Security”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We went to see the Beatles Show and then the Wizards Of Winter who put on an excellent show. This was the upside. The downside, the first concert was general admission and we sat in the lower balcony, people came in late and sat on the stairs blocking the exit ways and became offended when anybody had to walk by them, the second time we were also in the lower balcony in seats we had paid for, four people came in just as the show was beginning and sat directly behind us. They continued to talk loudly the entire first part of the show in spite of numerous people around them asking them to quiet down. As intermission was starting my wife had mentioned to security how loud they were and that people were annoyed. The security person told us that since they were other open seats that we should move to them. We were not the problem and we should not have to be the ones to move.. It was clearly the people who were loud and inebriated behind us. In the future we will carefully consider if it is worth our money and time to see a show in this venue. It has the making of a nice old theatre and could be a nice place to view a show, but clearly more money is being made with booze, so it is apparent the paying customers who are not drinking are not their priority.

Visited December 2013
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Salem, Massachusetts
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155 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great Black Crowes Concert”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Went Wednesday night for Crowes concert. Great venue, big open area in from of stage, great seating if that's what you want and balcony overlooking the stage. I would not hesitate to go there for any event.

Visited October 2013
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Belfast, Maine
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3 reviews
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“great show ruined by theater atmosphere”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

When you drive hours to see your favorite artist in a small theater you expect to be able to enjoy the talents of the artist in an intimate setting. This theater was one of the worst concert experiences I've had in 35 years. The management is more interested in making money on selling booze then providing a positive experience for everyone. they actually have the bar in the theater. This results in an endless stream of people moving about, talking loudly, using phones and generally being rude, distracting and disrespectful to everyone. Especially the artist who was works hard to put on a great performance. In this case Ian Anderson an iconic talent who took the time to come to remote places like Maine to cater to his loyal fan base. I fear he will never return to our state after being disrespected by the management practices of this venue. I will never go to this venue again

Visited October 2013
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