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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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Dinner while watching Peter Murphy.

I have been here before but never to watch a show while eating dinner. It was pretty cool and comfortable and Peter Murphy was pretty incredible. The food was your standard... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2016
Naoji W

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9 reviews
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I have been here before but never to watch a show while eating dinner. It was pretty cool and comfortable and Peter Murphy was pretty incredible. The food was your standard American fare that didn't really stand out as amazing but that was not why I was really there. They have a good selection of foreign and domestic beers and... More 

Thank Naoji W
Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

A re-purposed old movie house (that's what we called them in the old days) that really works. The State Theatre attracts a terrific variety of performing artists (Buddy Guy, Cowboy Junkies, the Legwarmers, too many others to mention), mostly smaller groups. There are "restaurant seatings -- tables in what would be called the "orchestra" section of a theatre but have... More 

1 Thank oldbutcoolbroad
Falls Church, Virginia
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Certainly one of the finest live performance venues in the Washington Metropolitan Area featuring National Acts and Local Favorites. Excellent sound system and state of the art stage lighting combine to create some truly memorable shows. Nicely designed with a great blend of a dance area near the stage, a table seating area for those who care to dine, traditional... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

My experience at this venue was wonderful, the only complaint I had was it was raining. The parking was extremely convenient and the tickets were a breeze to procure. It is close to our hometown relatively speaking and we had a wonderful time. Sadly, my father recently passed. With that being said, our memories of the show that we attended... More 

1 Thank Juddeh
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Recently saw Almost Queen at the State Theatre. Great place. Smaller than the nearby Birchmere but compared to the Fillmore, it has tables. Go for the shows. All reasonable priced and enjoy an intimate experience with the bands. The food is OK and reasonably priced. They could staff with more wait staff. Finally ... And this is really a picayune... More 

2 Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

This was a cool place to see a show. I love when people take old theaters and give them new life, even if they do only have off the beaten path bands. It's nice for 90s nostalgia!

2 Thank QuickWhitTravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

We went here to see Jonny Lang it was the perfect sized venue. Dinner reservations were available and reserved tables (which sell out fast) offered the best seating down on the floor level by the stage but then it's crowded down there so we sat in the balcony. The concert was sold out so it was a full house but... More 

1 Thank Keith L
Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

I have been here several times and it's actually quite nice. Friday night's with the Legwarmers is a real treat. I wish there were more places like this in the Northern Virginia area.

1 Thank TravellinOnABudget
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Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

So fun. Saw the legwarmers. Definitely going to go see them again. How often do you go to a concert where you know every song? They are talented. The venue is awesome. Cheers.

1 Thank James M
Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

Great place to see local artist as well as nationally known. Surrounded by great restaurants and public transportation (buses, metro).

1 Thank Pat M

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