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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 concert place

I've seen concerts, burlesque shows, movie and I've had great experience each time. The look gives... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2014
Lori E
Falls Church, Virginia
Strange seating policy

Great spot for a concert, the sound system is adequate and the sight lines are good from... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2014
Fairfax, Virginia
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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.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“great venue” (12 reviews)
“live music” (6 reviews)
“great sound” (6 reviews)
220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046-4517

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Reviewed 15 October 2014

I've seen concerts, burlesque shows, movie and I've had great experience each time. The look gives it the authenticity of being old. It can get pretty crowded depending on what is showing, but they have seating in the balcony if you don't want to stand....More

Thank Lori E
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Great spot for a concert, the sound system is adequate and the sight lines are good from everywhere. The only issue is the seating for dinner is at the back of the theater, so if you spend more you end up with worse seats.

1  Thank majiksea
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...More

2  Thank John C
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...More

1  Thank HighwayStar
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...More

1  Thank Philip_Herring
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...More

3  Thank Jim R
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
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...More

3  Thank dadl
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
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...More

5  Thank TWS500
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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