FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WJLA) - One of the biggest nights of the year at one of the region's most historic venues was marred by an armed robbery just hours after the turn of the calendar.
Falls Church Police officials are looking for two young men who held an employee at the State Theatre at gunpoint Wednesday morning and got away with cash.
The robbery happened inside the North Washington Street theatre just before 7 a.m. on New Year's Day. Authorities say two men walked into the building and demanded cash from an employee. They both got away with an unknown amount of cash.
Officials say the theatre employee was not injured.
Just hours earlier, the State Theatre was rocking with New Year's Eve partiers at a sold-out concert put on by The Legwarmers, a 1980s cover band. One of the band's performers said that at least 1,000 revelers packed the building to ring in the new year.
Rebecca Tax, the owner of a restaurant and bar close to the State, says that it's alarming and upsetting to hear about the robbery.
"I'm just glad that they're all safe and that it was only money that was taken," Tax, the owner of Clare and Don's Beach Shack, said.
The State Theatre originally opened as a movie theater in 1936 and was closed in 1988. A renovation effort led to the venue's reopening in the late 1990s.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call the City of Falls Church Police Department at 703-241-5053.