|Address:||1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA|
I had a horrible experience taking my 86 year old disabled mother to see the matinee of Porgy and Bess yesterday. National Theatre is not disabled or elderly friendly. There is no valet or on street handicapped parking available. When I called to get information on the best place for handicapped parking, there was no information on handicapped parking and there was no one to speak to about handicapped parking. The recording directs you to the website, which talks about parking garages and metered parking, etc., but not handicapped parking. There was no available street parking so we chose the closest parking garage to the theater to park in. There is minimal handicapped parking available in that garage, and we were forced to park in the lowest level because handicapped parking was full. My mother would have had to climb 2 flights of stairs just to get to the level with the handicapped parking, so we were forced to walk up 2 ramps. Once we got to the handicapped parking level, the signage to National Theatre pointed to STAIRS!! There was an unmarked freight elevator, which we took that up to the lobby of the office building next to the theater. After the performance, the guard in the building housing the garage was directing people to the stairs down to the garage because she claimed the freight elevator was "out". Just to get to the handicapped parking level required going down 2 flights of stairs. I complained, as did other numerous theater patrons, and I forced the guard to let my mother sit in a chair behind the guard desk as my mother was not able to go down the 3 flights of stairs to get to our parking level. In fact, there was a combination lock on the door to the lowest level of parking and I was lucky enough that the guard gave me the combination. Other patrons parked on that level were not given the code to get to their car. After waiting 25 minutes in line to get out of the garage, I had to double park in front of the building and I found my mother waiting outside in the cold and dark. The security guard disappeared after numerous people complained and because she did, my mother -- who is 86 -- was worried I would not be able to get in the building to retrieve her. We both loved "Porgy and Bess". We both hate National Theatre. I take my mother to the theater a few times a year, and we will NEVER go to National Theatre again. I recommend Arena Stage for elderly and disabled patrons -- they are extremely disabled and elderly friendly.
This theater is a really wonderful part of DC. It offers a great selection of shows and has a far more intimate setting than the Kennedy Center since it is significantly smaller. The acoustics are very good and the general vibe of the theater feels enough NY Broadway to get you in the mood, but it still has classic DC architectural elements that make it unique. As much as I wish every theater in the world had stadium seating, I know its just not possible. Such as it is, if you are going to a show that you really want to see, I would suggest sucking it up and shelling out the money to get seats on the main level. (Get an isle seat on the left or right sections for the best views and a little extra leg room.) The first two or so rows in the balcony arent bad but I always feel less connected with the performers when I sit higher up, but thats just me. Overall, its a great theater thats very metro accessible (seriously dont drive unless you absolutely have to) in a very nice part of town. And there are lots of lovely restaurants and bars nearby to hit up before or after the show.
I definitely enjoyed myself. I visited the National Theater to see STOMP. It was such a great performance. The theater was clean and well kept. The staff was excellent. Quick access to bus and train services and actually had a lot of parking when I went which was very surprising. I had a great experience and would love to go back to see another show at the National Theater.
The National has had a recent resurgence, not only for touring productions but as a place for preview productions to start off-Broadway. So you can see shows here that will eventually become Broadway hits--for a more reasonable price and bragging rights!
Could not understand the comedian that wall from the top balcony. Need speakers up on the balcony. And drinks cost way to much for what you get. Got a double mixed drink for 25.... one drink. But it is a nice place.
A beautiful historic theater with a constantly great lineup of big name performances. Acoustics are a little echoey. The staff is great and resolved a seating issue quickly and professionally.
Nice, old theater with friendly and helpful staff. It emptied out quickly following a show we attended recently. Very convenient distance to the Ronald Reagan Building parking.
The wife & I went to see Love Jones here. The theatre is nice. I didnt go to the concession stand during intermission so I dont know if their prices are reasonable or not.
Historic theater in DC has wonderful shows each year. They could use a few more bathrooms. Arrive early enough to use them before the show avoiding them at intermission.
Good place to watch excellent performance. From balcony you are definitely looking down on stage but it was manageable from row c.
Very large inside. I felt close to the stage even though we were seated on the balcony. The staff was very friendly.
Excellent theatre with great effects, singing and acting. Very clean atmosphere and will likely return in the future.
Good venue. Sneek in your own booze or be prepared to wait in a long line to pay $12 for a beer/wine or liquor.
Always bringing great plays to the metro area. Staff is super friendly and always greets us with a smile.
Other than the photo police, it is lovely venue. NO pictures at all; not even of the stage curtains.
Wonderful Theatre! Old and historic! Wonderful and very help staff. I would see a show here anytime.
Classic theater in the heart of D.C. Carpets need a good cleaning but, thats the only issue.
Loved the theatre! Seats are a little tough and the halls are chaos at intermission.
A Private User
I enjoyed working with Harrison Design. They always communicated with me very well.
Saw bill burr here, pretty cool venue although terribly long wait for a beer.
Nice venue. Note. There is a bar on 3rd floor to avoid crowds down stairs.
Great size then you no matter where you sit you can have a great View.
See touring Broadway plays but getting threw security takes times.
Great theatre, got great seats, expect to pay about 12 for a drink
Had a great experience watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Classic theater. Limited upgrades. Seating is a little tight.
Wonderful shows. Great place for a date night.
Seats are too small, place is way too cramped!
For taller person not that much leg room.
Great venue for classical music concerts!
Wonderful! Had a very nice experience.
RENT. Wonderful play terrific venue.
A nice theater to see stage plays.
Helpful staff and a solid theatre.
Tom De Boeser
Nice facilities, nice people