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Address: 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046-4517
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+1 703-237-0300

Built in 1936, The State Theatre operated as a popular movie until the late...

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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A piece of Pop Culture history

The state theater used to be just that - a neighborhood theater. One of the last to have had a balcony. It is right down town just off the town center and is now home to great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 August 2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Falls Church
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

Hey, they are in business to make money and offer an eclectic selection of acts. No criticism of that. However, since its original opening, it has grown steadily more 'corporate' in attitude and atmosphere. Security staff unbfiendly. Sound guys are awful; woe unto you if you try to tell them volume is too high; mix is muddy; vocals can't be... More 

2 Thank John C
northern VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

I have seen Tab several times in No VA in the last few years, the latest being Thursday night 8/14. The State is a perfect venue......you can sit at a table and have a nice per show dinner, sit in the balcony for a great unobstructed view or ( my preference ) go right down by the stage so you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

The state theater used to be just that - a neighborhood theater. One of the last to have had a balcony. It is right down town just off the town center and is now home to great bands both great groups from the 80's and some really good up and comers from this decade ;-)

1 Thank Philip_Herring
Arlington, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Saw Leon Russel there -- great performance but sound was over-amped. Staff at door was rude; searched purses, confiscated water bottles, no PA message re. photographs, but then strongly enforced. Not nearly as welcoming as similar venues in the Washington DC area -- such as Birchmere, the Hamilton, Blues Alley which are much more comfortable.

3 Thank Jim R
Portland, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

If you want to sit down at all during the show... Don't get upper balcony seats! There isn't even 6 inches for you legs.

3 Thank Natalie B
Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Used to come here as a teen to see movies, even sat in the same balcony that is still in use. I have seen many music acts here and you can get as close as you want to the stage. Love that there is room to dance, or stand around. The booze is reasonably priced.

3 Thank dadl
Falls Church, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

Starts at the door where people who are 20 years old and younger are assessed a "security fee" because they have to hire more staff "to monitor" such pre-criminals. And the experience goes down hill from there.

5 Thank MoreBacon_Please
Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Attended the Psychedelic Furs concert here. Paid extra for a table. The band and the concert were great, however, venue "management (read, hardly any...)" allowed anyone to stand where ever they wanted to without regard for others in attendance at tables or elsewhere. People came and stood in front of us even though we had paid more for a table...they... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

From Little Feat to Skip Castro this is the best local venue for a rock show of yesteryear and a few good beers. Usually packed - tickets are very reasonable. Book a table in advance.

1 Thank Frank B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

A bunch of friends and I went to The State Theatre for a Legwarmers concert, and it seemed like just your average music venue, nothing special. I definitely got a big 1960s vibe from this place, especially in the lobby and entry area. It just seems really old. Irrespective of the concert I was going to, there seem to be... More 

1 Thank jg325

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