The State Theatre


The State Theatre - Falls Church, VA

Built in 1936, The State Theatre operated as a popular movie theater until the late 1980s. The first theatre on the East Coast to be centrally air-conditioned, the State was the flagship of the family-owned Neighborhood Theatres chain.

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Photo courtesy of Mary Riley Styles Library, Falls Church
From The Porter Collection c.1945

In the late 1990s, the theatre underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to transform the venue into a space for live music and private events. The stage is original, as are the 200 balcony seats and both lobbies. The restoration also added two full service bars and a full service restaurant for dining and catering private events.

Today, you can still see stellar performances at The State Theatre, ranging from beloved 80s-cover dance band The Legwarmers to rock bands like Soul Asylum and The Smithereens to comedy shows from Creed Bratton and local Washington, DC performers.


Featured Events Coming Soon to The State: 

The Fabulous Mary Ann Redmond - August 17, 2013

 Mary Ann Redmond

Doors: 7:00 PM, Showtime: 8:30 PM, Tickets: $16 advance, $20 day of show. 18+, valid ID required.

Mary Ann Redmond is an American singer known for her soulful and wide-ranging vocal style in popular and jazz music. She is based in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, but has performed in many locations across the United States and other countries. Both her live performances and her four CDs to date have earned her acclaim from audiences and recognition from the music industry, although she has never achieved national fame on a par with many of the performers she has worked with, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter. She is primarily a regional artist and has won an astounding 22 Washington Area Music Awards.


Emmet Swimming - October 5, 2013 

Emmet Swimming 

Doors: 7:00PM, Show: 9:00 PM, Tickets: $15, valid ID required.

Formed in the early 1990's at George Mason University, Emmet Swimming is a four piece alternative rock band. The band has toured with many successful bands including Dave Mathews Band and the Barenaked Ladies. The bands unique style has gotten them nominated for 14 Washington Area Music Awards and they have sold over 100,000 albums over the years. Singer Todd Watts explained in an interview that "We've tried really hard to make the live shows kind of an emotional roller coaster, and I think thats true with the album(s) as well."

This show is not to be missed! Come support Emmet Swimming for this show in their home state!


For a full schedule of events, be sure to check out The State Theatre's website at