Winter 2012

PA Dinner Theaters

Where & When Article: PA Dinner Theaters

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 It may be considered "the old standby," and for good reason. Dinner and a show is still the quintessential date night of choice. When you consider the price of movie tickets, popcorn, Raisinets and a Coke these days, you might as well spring for a great dinner and live theater without ever leaving your table.


Dinner theatre likely got its start in the 16th century with the Madrigal feasts held during the Twelve Days of Christmas. If you lived in England during the Middle Ages and your connections to nobility garnered you an invitation, you would be dazzled with stunning pageantry, bawdy humor, endless amounts of succulent food, and delightful music. Plays, or masques, as they were known, were often performed for over-fed guests at these Madrigal Feasts.


The heyday of modern dinner theatre was probably in the 1970s, but it has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since 2000. Pennsylvania has several full-time dinner theatres, as well as locations where you can enjoy the occasional murder mystery or Madrigal Feast.


It's this time of year that we all feel a little overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I can't think of a better way to relax and enjoy a twinge of nostalgia and a belly laugh with the ones you love.


The Music Box Dinner Playhouse


196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, PA 18704


www.musicbox.org


Christmas Show: Nov. 26 - Dec. 18, Irving Berlin's White Christmas


January 2012: Avenue Q


 


Pines Dinner Theatre


448 N. 17th Street, Allentown, PA 18104


www.pinesdinnertheatre.com


Christmas Show: Nov. 4 - Dec. 23, Christmas at the Pines


January 2012: Rockin' in the Country


 


Fisher's Tudor House


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater


1858 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020


fisherstudor.com/


Now showing: Deadly Dancing


 


Allenberry Resort and Playhouse


1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007


www.allenberry.com


Christmas Show: Nov. 2 - Dec. 23, Mistletoe Magic


April 2012: Forever Plaid


 


Rainbow Dinner Theatre (all comedy)


3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562


www.rainbowdinnertheatre.com


Christmas Show: Nov. 8 - Dec. 30, Home for the Holidays


Jan. 27 - Mar 14, Let's Murder Marsha


 


Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre


510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601


www.dutchapple.com


Christmas Show: Nov. 17 - Dec. 23, Miracle on 34th Street


Dec. 30 - Feb. 4, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline


 


Gettysburg Civil War Era Dinner Theatre


The Fairfield Inn 1757, 15 West Main Street, Fairfield, PA 17320


www.civilwartheater.com


Year-round: Civil War Stories (one-man show featuring an old-time storyteller with Civil War Era ghost stories and magic)


 


The Riverside Inn & Dinner Theatre


One Fountain Ave., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403


www.theriversideinn.com


Christmas Show: Nov. 26 - Dec. 18, All I Want for Christmas




The Station Dinner Theatre


4940 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509


www.canterburyfeast.com


Christmas Show: Nov. 19 - Dec. 21, Christmas Memories


 


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