State Theatre Offers Something Old, New, Borrowed and Wu

State Theatre

Crowded house: Free Alcohol Wednesdays typically draw the largest crowds at The State. (emilyonasunday via Flickr)

The State Theatre in Falls Church has quite a little history.

Built in 1936, it operated as a movie theater until the late ’80s. It opened with a screening of “Thanks a Million” and ended with a showing of “Die Hard.” How’s that for cinematic bookends?

Their site claims it was the first theater on the East Coast to feature central air conditioning.

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After a multimillion-dollar restoration in the late ’90s, it’s now primarily a live music venue, and judging from their upcoming shows, they are heavy on tribute bands. If you can’t see the real Guns N’ Roses (and given the predilections of one W. Axl Rose, there’s no guarantee you can even when the band’s in town), Queen or Led Zeppelin, why not choose the next best thing?

While you probably missed tribute band Appetite for Destruction on the first of this month, the Falls Church renter can still catch faux, err, Almost Queen on Friday, Dec. 9, and Zoso: the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience on Feb. 11, 2012.

The State Theatre
220 North Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046

The State Theatre also presents nationally known (and little-known) acts.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Devo comes to town, and on Friday the 23rd it’s Wu-Tang Clan’s turn to tickle your ears. Prices on shows vary, but I must admit that $57 for Devo ($120 for a meet-and-greet, or should I say, geek-and-greet) and $55 for Wu-Tang Clan is a bit much. OK, way much.

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But pricing isn’t always high. For instance, you can catch The Smithereens on Jan. 14, 2012, for the reasonable sum of $20. And the tribute bands all seem to be in that range, or even less.

The State differs from many clubs in that you can order food, sit down and eat it while watching the show. Tables can be reserved for a price, and here are all the particulars you need concerning that.

The place has received positive write-ups in Washingtonian magazine and The Washington Post. So if you’re into live music – especially tribute bands – it may be worth your while to traipse out here and see a show.

The State Theatre is conveniently located near the East Falls Church Metro station on the Orange Line. Check out available apartments in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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