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“Band great, venue poor...”
Review of The State Theatre

The State Theatre
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Owner description: 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.
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Band great, venue poor...”
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 and stood in front of us even though we had paid more for a table...they stood blocking the view. When "management" was asked to request that they move, "management" said they "couldn't do anything." While the waitress was very pleasant, there are not enough so service was slow. Bartenders are very slow so the bars back up during the opening act all around the tables so that no one can see anything. While the venue is nice enough, management is lacking to organize the place... It seems tickets were oversold so that many people stood wherever they wanted...many blocking the view of others... I doubt I'll be going back here...

Visited April 2014
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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“The place to see the bands that you loved in college”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

From Little Feat to Skip Castro this is the best local venue for a rock show of yesteryear and a few good beers. Usually packed - tickets are very reasonable. Book a table in advance.

Visited January 2014
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WashingtonDC
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849 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 412 helpful votes
“nothing special at this old theater...”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

A bunch of friends and I went to The State Theatre for a Legwarmers concert, and it seemed like just your average music venue, nothing special.

I definitely got a big 1960s vibe from this place, especially in the lobby and entry area. It just seems really old.

Irrespective of the concert I was going to, there seem to be adequate room for people to stand. For whatever reason, they locked the second bathroom area even though the theater was mostly full, so the lines for the bathroom were really long.

Upstairs seating first-come first-served second floor, but I think people were mainly standing during the concert. The bar was minimal and also old.

I definitely would prefer the 9:30 club over The State Theatre, that's for sure.

Visited March 2014
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Washington DC
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Music Venue and Dance Floor”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

Love this place for concerts. Nice big dance floor that is always hopping. Great brews on tap. The food leaves a lot to be desired, it's just basic bar food, but if you're not super picky it's certainly acceptable.

Visited March 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level 6 Contributor
283 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice small venue”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Went for the Tommy Castro show; I could not understand any of the vocals. Vocals on the follow-up show, Marcia Ball, were much better. Bought a Guinness, but it was funky.

Visited February 2014
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