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State Theatre, Culpeper

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Pitts Theatre, also known as the State Theatre after 1970, is a historic movie theater located at Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia. It was built in 1937-1938, and is a concrete block structure faced in brick in the Art Deco style. The building consists of a symmetrical three-bay façade, with a central theater entrance flanked by storefront retail spaces. The façade features a stepped massing that recedes from the entrance and storefronts. The interior has a sophisticated circulation system, which enabled balcony patrons, which were initially African-American, and white patrons to enter the theater separately to separate spaces; the main balcony and auditorium, respectively. The theater closed in 1992. The theater reopened in May 2013 with a performance by Lyle Lovett, after renovation supported by federal and state historic tax credits. The theater now hosts a variety of performances including concerts, movie screenings, community events, children's workshops, plays and musicals. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
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  • Took my nieces to see the nutcracker they had a great time. Beautiful decor lots of energy. Fund raiser to remain open. Theater closed down, to be auctioned.  more »
  • I had been to the State theater for many shows and it was always an intimate setting. I saw many of MY favorites, where I actually got to MEET them after following for 35+ years!! Sorry to see it clos...  more »
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  • Great place! Love how they finally fixed it up and opened it. Performing here is great, the stage is big and there is a lot of space in the dressing rooms. There are a lot of seats, including a raised area.
  • Beautiful, intimate theater that has been recently renovated. Make sure to catch Dave Detwiler when he plays. World renowned classical and jazz trumpet player that lives in the area now.

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