Originally called the Pitts Theater, the State Theatre located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Culpeper, was built as a vaudeville movie house in 1938 and for 55 years, remained the area’s premier movie theatre. When the doors closed in the 1990s, the building sat vacant and came close to demolition. Fortunately, the State Theatre Foundation was created and the building was preserved and renovated. In 2008, the theatre was named to both the State and National Register of Historic Places, and in 2013, it proudly reopened its doors with the opening performance by Lyle Lovett who performed for a full house. Today, the State Theatre features 560-seats with modern sound, staging and amenities, while maintaining important historic elements like the neon marquee and interior detailing. Featuring music, film, dance, drama, and children’s programming, State Theatre is once again a premiere destination for arts, entertainment and culture. Check out upcoming shows at: www.culpepertheatre.org
The website onlyinyourstate.com regularly adds photos and videos of extraordinary places in several states. Culpeper was excited to learn that its State Theatre was recently featured among “12 Theatres in Virginia That You Won’t Want to Miss.” While a talented performer doesn’t need a grand stage to convey his talent – let’s be honest, the right venue can make all the difference. From ambience to acoustics, a theatre adds a special dynamic to a performance, elevating it or stifling it, depending on the space. Whether its a night at the movies or a Broadway classic, you won’t want to miss these 12 theatres in Virginia. Each offers a special history, flair and architectural uniqueness that takes performance to a new level.