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The State Theatre

220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046-4517
+1 703-237-0300
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The State is great!

I went to the State Theatre in November 2017 to see Todd Rundgren. Great show! Great venue! I would... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amherst VA
Act good, crowd old, food cold

The State Theatre really needs to work on its food service. We had reservations, arrived at 7:10... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James M
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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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  • Very good44%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“great venue” (12 reviews)
“live music” (7 reviews)
“great sound” (6 reviews)
220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046-4517

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I went to the State Theatre in November 2017 to see Todd Rundgren. Great show! Great venue! I would go again and recommend it to my friends.

Thank StephRegan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The State Theatre really needs to work on its food service. We had reservations, arrived at 7:10 and were ready to order before 7:30. Brian did not come to take our order until 20 minutes later, 10 minutes before the 8pm show. The show didn't...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

Thank Cynthia J
Reviewed 11 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
Reviewed 14 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
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
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,...More

Thank CandyMan627
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...More

Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
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...More

Thank Lisa R
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....More

Thank barymad
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27 March 2015|
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Response from Kevin P | Reviewed this property |
Lot's of places to eat around the area. You can get comfort food at the venue which can be heavy. If you go to this location on trip advisor scroll down to the map. It will show restaurants close by. I would... More