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“Old Style Venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The State Theatre

The State Theatre
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Owner description: Built in 1936, The State Theatre operated as a popular movie until the late 1980's. The first film shown was Thanks A Million starring Dick Powell and on November 27, 1988 the State closed its doors after a final showing of Die Hard starring Bruce Willis. The first theatre on the East Coast to be centrally air-conditioned, the State was the flagship of the family-owned Neighborhood Theatres chain which also operated, among others, the Glebe (now a Duron paint store), the Buckingham (now a Post Office) and the Jefferson (now a Chile's restaurant). A multi-million dollar restoration in the late 1990's turned it into the Washington Metro area's favorite new venue for live music and private events. The full theatrical stage is original, as are the 200 balcony seats and both lobbies. The theatre seats on the main floor were removed to allow for the re-design of the auditorium which now accommodates full service dining, standing and dancing areas and two full service bars. The restoration also added a full service restaurant for dining and catering private events.
Falls Church, VA
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Old Style Venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Love the multiple bars and the new upstairs platforms for viewing. The balcony seats are great for those shows that you don't want to necessarrily be standing for. Generally cheap prices for tickets, average prices for alcohol and a good fun venue.

Visited September 2012
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State T, at The State Theatre, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!! We appreciate that you like our recent renovations.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 attraction reviews
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“Legwarmers concert”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

Have been several times. Well worth the money. Buy ticket at door... if you buy via web site there is a huge surcharge.

Visited November 2012
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Mentor, Ohio
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68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Tab Benoit band”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

It was within walking distance and cheap and fantastic music. Bought his wetlands CD. What more could anyone ask for? Restaurants right next door, didn't need to park etc.

Visited August 2012
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State T, at The State Theatre, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!! We appreciate that you enjoying our shows, more to come!
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Northern Virginia, United States
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“Great place for a concert!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

It was a nice venue. I like that the surrounding area is very nice with restaurants and things to do until show time. It is also metro accessible. We walked from the East Falls Church metro station.

Visited November 2011
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State T, at The State Theatre, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!! We appreciate that you enjoying our shows, more to come!
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Clifton, VA
1 review
“Seriously not that bad.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

I'm surprised to see all these negative reviews about the State. I guess all I can say is that if you show up drunk and/or with a bad attitude, you're bound to tick someone off along the way and have yourself a bad time. As far as being handicapped friendly, I don't understand why one would say this place isn't. There are ramps everywhere that my buddy almost tripped over. There may be a line around the corner for some shows, but who isn't used to that? The chili was good, but pricey. Just go inside, watch the show and don't be stupid. You should be fine and have a good time.

Visited August 2012
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State T, at The State Theatre, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!! We appreciate that you enjoying our shows, more to come! We in fact do have a handicap restroom located in our lobby to the left.
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