PA Dinner Theaters

By Wendy Royalwinter 2012

 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

http://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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