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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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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 April 2016
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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1 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015

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

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Edenton, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

I saw a concert here a while back and can't say this venue was great for the type of music performed. Acoustic songs sounded okay, but as soon as they brought drums in, the sound was just terrible - very muddy and far too loud. Clearly this auditorium is better suited for lectures/guest speakers than it is for concerts. The... More 

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