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George Washington Lisner Auditorium

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Address: 730 21st St NW, Washington DC, DC 20052-0050
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+1 202-994-6800
09:00 - 18:00
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A Fine (but Plain Jane) Venue

We went to Lisner to hear Opera Lafayette's performance of opera from the French Revolution era. The acoustics are fine; the seats reasonably comfortable; the "decor" as plain as... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We had a really good show experience last night at the Lisner Auditorium on teh campus of GW University.  It's a typical college auditorium, so really don't expect a Kennedy Center experience.  After reading some of the reviews before I suspect people really thought they were walking into a Kennedy Center venue.  Well, it's not. But that aside, the students... More 

1 Thank William_Shank
Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Going to an opera performance in this auditorium is less than perfect because there is really no place to hide the orchestra. The Opera Lafayette used this auditorium for their performance of the seldom-performed Pierre Gaveaux's "Leonore, ou L'amour conjugal" which was really a very satisfying performance. But it was marred by the placing of the orchestra right in front... More 

Thank Margaret C
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We came to the Lisner for the D.C. Christmas Revels. The show was great fun. The auditorium is a basic large venue with no balconies, so it is easy to get to you seat. It was fun to walk around the campus after the show.

Thank Robert S
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213 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

If you're familiar with legroom in economy class on a budget airline, you'll be shocked that there is even less at Lisner. Trust me. Unless you get a seat at the end of the row where there's no seat in front of you, you won't enjoy the performance or the knee pain that follows. It's hard to comprehend the greed... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

We went to Lisner to hear Opera Lafayette's performance of opera from the French Revolution era. The acoustics are fine; the seats reasonably comfortable; the "decor" as plain as you could get. The singers were fine, though the staging, meant as both counterpoint and underlining of the era's overwrought emotion, was so bad it was actually comic. But don't hold... More 

Thank jaseaton
Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2015

The Washington Concert Opera series is held at this auditorium. I find the acoustics in this hall quite suitable for such performances. It is just one massive space, so there is no overhanging balconies to muffle the sounds. The only drawback is their antiquated rest rooms. I would also like to have accessible water fountain, instead of having to buy... More 

1 Thank Margaret C
Ashburn, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

For an auditorium it was nice. All the staff I encountered was friendly. We sat in the middle row N and the seats were great. Small enough venue that probably not a bad seat. Enjoy,

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Malibu, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2015

Perfect size Auditorium to see the stage and take photos. Comfortable seats. Lighting is good. Enough exits for a crowd.

Thank luvintootravel
Fort Collins, Colorado
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62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2015

Built in 1941, this storied auditorium has hosted concerts, plays and other events. I was there for the National Science Bowl final round competition. The exterior is limestone in a spare stripped classicism of the 1940s. The sightlines are excellent and the acoustics are good in the auditorium. Outside on the NE corner stands the River Horse sculpture. Part of... More 

Thank Dale L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2015

... not the Auditorium. We came to watch the final home basketball game of the season. We won beat UMass and had a blast!

Thank Ben L

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