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Big cities and small towns across Virginia have great theaters where you can see first-rate entertainment and folksy shows.
The Barter Theatre in Abingdon opened in 1933 and originally took food as payment. Today, the Barter has upgraded lighting and improved acoustics. Come here to see Broadway-quality shows.
In Marion, the Lincoln is one of just three Art Deco Mayan Revival-style theaters in America. It too has upgraded sound and lighting and be sure to show up early, so you can admire the meticulously restored murals.
In the heart of Staunton, you will find Blackfriar’s Playhouse – a recreation of Shakespeare’s original theater, but indoors. The theater is renowned for its attention to detail and the shows reflect traditional Shakespeare elements – many actors play multiple roles and universal lighting and set designs are employed.
In Richmond, the Firehouse Theatre Project puts on provocative adult-oriented shows, and the Virginia Repertory Theatre stages classics, contemporary, and world premieres.
On the Eastern Shore, Arts Enter Cape Charles is a 1940s Art Deco theatre which hosts performances, classes, and social gatherings.
And don’t miss the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna – its season has theater, opera, and music.
The George Mason University Center for the Arts, in Fairfax, opened it's doors in 1990, and has been a centerpiece of the central Virginia performing arts scene ever since. It's set on the campus of George Mason University, and is just 20 minutes west of both Falls Church and McLean. Easily accessed from I-66, the George Mason University Center for the Arts host's multiple performances on a weekly basis, offers parking at the Mason Pond Parking Deck, and is perfect for those looking for an alternative to Virginia's great outdoors. Experience all the culture and entertainment of the George Mason University Center for the Arts while enjoying your stay as a guest at the Best Western hotel in Fairfax.
Set in Prince William County, Hylton Performing Arts Center, is a nine-story, 85,000-square-foot facility set in northern Virginia in the city of Manassas. Found on campus at George Mason University, Hylton was recently opened in 2010. Hylton Performing Arts Center is divided into the 1,121-seat Merchant Hall opera house, 240-seat Gregory Family Theater, and the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. The Hylton Center also features a scene shop, and the Didlake Grand Foyer.
An outdoor amphitheater, Jiffy Lube Live is located in northern Virginia in Bristow near Manassas. Jiffy Lube Live seats over 25,000 people – compromised of 10,000 reserved seats and 15,000 lawn spots. Owned and operated by Live Nation, Jiffy Lube Live opened in 1995, and was formerly known as Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge.
The State Theatre, built in 1936, is set in downtown Falls Church - just down the street from Cherry Hill Park. First established as a movie theatre, it's evolved into one of the premier live performance theatre's in central and northern Virginia area. Guests staying at any one of the Best Western hotels in nearby Fairfax, Arlington, or McLean can experience the nostalgia and history of the theatre on any given night - a late 90s multi-million dollar restoration has transformed the State Theatre into one of the most popular destinations for live performances. The State Theatre has hosted such legendary music acts like the Wu-Tang Clan, Bootsy Collins, and DEVO. Be sure to enhance your northern Virginia stay with a visit to the State Theatre.