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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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Excelent venue!

I did go to a concert (Yngwie Malmsteen) the place has great acoustic and a had a blast! Do not get food there! Was terrible, but the folks at the bar and Restaurant are very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cynthia J

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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did go to a concert (Yngwie Malmsteen) the place has great acoustic and a had a blast! Do not get food there! Was terrible, but the folks at the bar and Restaurant are very nice, they did not have shock top either but was listed in their bar Menu.

Thank Cynthia J
Fairfax, United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent venue. Great area and great program. Very easy to get to in the city. I would highly recommend going here.

Thank Melanie D
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2 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The Legwarmers an 80's cover band. looking to have an awesome time and enjoy great music. Check them out.

Thank deonj320
Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Generally good music from up and coming bands. Food "ok" but expensive as are beverages. Great location for locals.

Thank G B
Lutherville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Old movie houses make the best concert venues. Not quite quaint but intimate enough for a good time. Last nights show by The Neal Morse Band heralded my first visit to The State. It's a uniquely decent arrangement with a SRO area by the stage, an area with reserved tables for dining and drinking (I should have reserved our party... More 

Thank CandyMan627
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We love going to the State Theatre. A great venue to see a concert. The food is OK; the service Ok; but the beer is better. I wish they did pitchers. A couple of tips: reserve a table in advance; reservations cost $10 for a table for two but you're guaranteed a good table. And, there is free parking available... More 

Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
Falls Church, Virginia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 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 to wait in a queue to get a drink. The crowd is generally well behaved.

Thank Lisa R
bethesda, md.
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799 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
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. Parking is dicey but manageable if you leave enough time. Lots of great places to... More 

Thank barymad
Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 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 seat on the floor if you want to be surrounded by the scene, or sit... 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 Claire's beach shack right next door. Since it rained, it was nice to have everything... More 

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