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The State Theatre

220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046-4517
+1 703-237-0300
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Great place to see a show.

This place gets some good acts. It's a big old theater with a balcony and some table seating. The... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Lisa R
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Falls Church, Virginia
Great Music Venue - Classic Old Interior

I love seeing music acts here. This old movie theater has been lovingly restored to its former... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
barymad
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bethesda, md.
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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.
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“great sound” (6 reviews)
“in advance” (4 reviews)
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220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046-4517
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place gets some good acts. It's a big old theater with a balcony and some table seating. The staff is friendly and professional. There's a parking garage very near the theater. It has two bars, but when the place is full, you might have...More

Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I love seeing music acts here. This old movie theater has been lovingly restored to its former glory and hosts many national musical acts.. Every spot in the theater has a good stage view. Drinks are good and reasonable in price as are ticket prices....More

Thank barymad
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

The State Theatre is one of the relics of another age - an old vintage theater with live music. From modern groups to 60s, 70s, and 80s retro and cover bands, it's the best small venue for live music in the DC area. Get a...More

Thank Randy C
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I went to see The Legwarmers last night with a few friends. The band was amazing and kept us dancing all night long. We parked in the parking garage across the street that has public parking on the weekends. We had dinner at Don and...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

I have been here before but never to watch a show while eating dinner. It was pretty cool and comfortable and Peter Murphy was pretty incredible. The food was your standard American fare that didn't really stand out as amazing but that was not why...More

Thank Naoji W
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

A re-purposed old movie house (that's what we called them in the old days) that really works. The State Theatre attracts a terrific variety of performing artists (Buddy Guy, Cowboy Junkies, the Legwarmers, too many others to mention), mostly smaller groups. There are "restaurant seatings...More

1  Thank oldbutcoolbroad
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Certainly one of the finest live performance venues in the Washington Metropolitan Area featuring National Acts and Local Favorites. Excellent sound system and state of the art stage lighting combine to create some truly memorable shows. Nicely designed with a great blend of a dance...More

Thank Gordon B
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

My experience at this venue was wonderful, the only complaint I had was it was raining. The parking was extremely convenient and the tickets were a breeze to procure. It is close to our hometown relatively speaking and we had a wonderful time. Sadly, my...More

1  Thank Juddeh
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Recently saw Almost Queen at the State Theatre. Great place. Smaller than the nearby Birchmere but compared to the Fillmore, it has tables. Go for the shows. All reasonable priced and enjoy an intimate experience with the bands. The food is OK and reasonably priced....More

2  Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
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Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

This was a cool place to see a show. I love when people take old theaters and give them new life, even if they do only have off the beaten path bands. It's nice for 90s nostalgia!

2  Thank QuickWhitTravel
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Response from Kevin P | Reviewed this property |
Lot's of places to eat around the area. You can get comfort food at the venue which can be heavy. If you go to this location on trip advisor scroll down to the map. It will show restaurants close by. I would... More
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