State Theatre Portland

The State Theatre FAQs


Where is the State Theatre located?

609 Congress Street in downtown Portland. Click here for directions.

How can I get tickets to a State Theatre show?

You can purchase tickets online by clicking the “tickets” icon on any show page on our site and will be taken to the Ticketmaster site. Purchase over the phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.  Tickets to State Theatre shows are also sold in person only at the Cross Insurance Center (formerly the Cumberland County Civic Center) Trusted Choice box office,  free of service charges. If tickets do not sell out in advance, they will be sold at the door on the night of the show beginning one hour before doors open.  Cash and credit cards accepted.  Remember, we want you to come to our shows so if you have a problem purchasing tickets please call the box office at 207-956-6000 or Ticketmaster before throwing your laptop in the garbage.  Also, we recommend only buying through the above sources – do not trust or rely on tickets/promises sold by 3rd party vendors!!!

If a show is cancelled, where do I get a refund?

If a show is cancelled, refunds are available at point of purchase. You will be refunded automatically if you purchased a ticket through Ticketmaster. Please note openers are always subject to change.

See Below for our Refund Policy:

Refunds are not available for ticket purchases. All sales are final. In the event that a show is canceled, refunds will be available at your point of purchase. Otherwise, please review ticket-ordering information carefully prior to ticket purchase. State Theatre/Ticketmaster will not refund or exchange tickets, unless an event is canceled. Dates, times, and exact billing of concert subject to change without notice. Care for your tickets like cash! State Theatre is not responsible for lost of stolen tickets. Lost, Stolen, Delayed, damaged or destroyed tickets will not be replaced or refunded, including tickets lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or destroyed during delivery to ticket purchaser.

If the artist, team, or venue uses Ticketmaster Ticket Transfer, you can send the tickets to anyone you want – free! To see if Ticket Transfer is an option for your event, just click the Order Number under Order History in My Account and look for the Transfer Tickets button.

What are my payment options in the venue?

We accept most forms of payment. Cash is king, but we also accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. We have an ATM on site. If tickets do not sell out in advance, they will be sold at the door on the night of the show beginning one hour before doors open.

How old do I have to be to get into the State Theatre?

The State Theatre is an all-ages venue.  You must present a government issued I.D. if you are 21+ and plan on drinking alcohol. Security is present at every show to verify your age. Children under 2 are allowed in at no charge.

Does the State Theatre have seats?

Unless a show is advertised as reserved seated, our shows are general admission and standing room only on the Main Auditorium Floor. We do have two balconies that are seated that offer great views. Patrons with special needs should call 207.956.6000 in advance to make arrangements.   For reserved seated show, our auditorium is fully seated up to stage.

Do I need to bring ID?

If your tickets are at will call, of course you do! If you are 21+ and plan on drinking alcohol, of course you do!  Government issued photo ID is required.

What kind of drinks do you have?

We have a full bar in each venue, with plenty of H20 and soft drinks along with a wide selection of both tap and bottle beers, wine and spirits to cure what ales you.

Do you serve food at the State?

Yep.  We offer pizza from Portland Pie Company, popcorn from Little Lads and other tasty treats!

I have a blog.  Do I count as Press?

Maybe. But all press inquiries should be directed to the band’s publicist, label or management.

Can I bring my camera?

Photo policy varies for different artists and is usually not determined until day of show. You can bring a non-professional camera to most shows and inquire about the photo policy at the door or call 207-956-6000 on the day of show.  

Do you have a Coat Check?

Yes, it’s located upstairs.  Check it out.  Get it?  Writing a FAQ is fun.

Can I smoke at the State Theatre?

No.  No.  No.  Sorry, did we say no?  Because we meant NO.   Per Maine state law, there is a strict no-smoking policy at the State Theatre.   Unfortunately at this time we also have a NO RE-ENTRY policy until we can figure out where to put you smokers on the outside.  Please don’t yell at the security guards when they tell you that you can’t leave and come back in.   And remember, smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.

Is there re-entry?

No re-entry.

Where do I park?

There is no designated parking at the State Theatre.   There is ample street parking in the neighborhood around the venue.   There is a parking garage across the street on High Street next to the Eastland Park Hotel.  Sorry, no helicopter pad.

Do you rent the State Theatre for private events?

Mi casa es su casa. We like to party. Please send all inquires to

Other State Theatre RULES & FAQs:

Tickets purchased in front of the venue are usually counterfeit and admittance will be denied.

No fliers, stickers, handbills.

You will be ejected for throwing ANYTHING, even your momma.

If you lose an item at a show, please call 207-956-6000 the following day.

All bags will be searched. No outside food, beverages, markers, spray paint, weapons (includes pocket knives).  Unicorns are welcome.

Handicapped seating is available… please arrive at the venue 15 minutes before doors are scheduled to open.

You must show proof of age by government issued photo ID and obtain a wristband to be served at the bar.

The State Theatre is NOT an air conditioned venue, however we do try to move the air as much as possible, especially during the summer months.


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