Looking to cast some entertainment in an itinerary? Dinner and a show make an award-winning combination. These dinner theaters provide groups with the best in food and entertainment.
Jackson Hole Playhouse & Saddle Rock Saloon
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Jackson Hole Playhouse & Saddle Rock Saloon is an intimate, 362-seat theater located in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming. The playhouse was built in 1916 and is the oldest framed building in the town. The building served as a blacksmith and buggy shop, car dealership, bowling alley, billiard hall, electrical appliance shop and Western Union Outpost before becoming Jackson Hole’s first live theater in the 1950s.
Visiting groups can enjoy a pre-show meal in the saloon while being serenaded by singing waiters — professional actors from the mainstage show. Groups can then see a Jackson Hole Shootout, starring actors from the mainstage show, before settling down in the playhouse for the main performance.
Groups can still catch the summer production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, running through Aug. 29. Fall productions include Steel Magnolias, Sept. 1–Oct.18 and Ghost Stories at the Playhouse Oct. 27–Nov. 1. The winter 2016 show The Bikinis will run from Feb. 11 to March 12.
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre
One of the oldest professional dinner theaters in the nation, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre has welcomed more than a million visitors over the past 49 years. Located on the outskirts of Nashville on Highway 100, “The Barn” remains a favorite spot for groups enjoying a special occasion or a fun night out.
Since 1967, audiences have been offered top-caliber comedies, musicals and mysteries year-round — and a mouthwatering buffet to go with it.
This year, the theater is featuring Arsenic and Old Lace from Sept. 3 to Oct. 11; Alone Together from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15; Yule Ya’ll from Nov. 19 to Dec. 27; and in the backstage theater, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27.
Chaffin’s can seat up to 296 in its main theater and 60 in its intimate backstage theater.
Groups of 12 or more receive discounted rates; admission prices do not include dessert or gratuity.
Murry’s Dinner Playhouse
Little Rock, Arkansas
As a member of the National Dinner Theatre Association, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is first rate.
Established in 1967 as the Olde West Dinner Theatre, the building fell under new management and was subsequently renamed. Murry’s prides itself on providing top notch Broadway musicals and comedies.
The remaining 2015 season includes Hairspray running through Aug. 29; A Bench in the Sun, Sept. 1–Oct. 3, Arsenic and Old Lace, Oct. 6–Nov.7; Etta May (comedian) Nov. 10–11; Sweet Dreams (musical act) Nov. 10–14 and Out of Order Nov. 17–Dec. 31.
With each show, a buffet dinner is served. Dinner menus are themed to go along with the current show.
Derby Dinner Playhouse
Professional productions of Broadway musicals and lighthearted comedies in addition to classic American cuisine draw guests to Derby Dinner Playhouse.
Clarksville is located just north of the Ohio River and Louisville, Kentucky.
Derby Dinner, which opened in 1974, puts on eight mainstage shows running Tuesday through Sunday year-round.
On the schedule are Church Basement Ladies in the Last Potluck Supper, Aug. 12–Sept. 27; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Nov. 10–Dec. 31; Jack Frost Saves Christmas, Nov. 14–Dec. 21; Charlotte’s Web, Feb. 27–April 2, 2016; Legally Blonde The Musical, April 6–May 15, 2016; and Pinkalicious the Musical, May 21–June 25, 2016.
Groups often pair Derby Dinner with a tour of Schimpff’s Confectionery in nearby Jeffersonville, Indiana.
“Derby Dinner Playhouse and Schimpff’s are two of our staples when it comes to group tours,” said Luanne Mattson, director of communications for Clark-Floyd Counties Convention-Tourism Bureau. “They’re so group friendly and so accessible to groups.”
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre has been satisfying palates and entertaining groups since 1987.
The owners combined passions for service, dining and Broadway into a theater experience.
Once groups arrive at the theater, they can visit the gift shop before taking their seats in the 340-seat dining room. Dinner includes a salad bar and a buffet of classic American cuisine and dessert. A full service bar is available.
“Starting in January 2016, there are changes coming. More room than ever will be added between the tables and Thursday nights will feature an a la carte meal with white linen covered tables,” said Denise Trupe, general manager. “The nice thing for groups is that there is no pre-ordering and will be done when they arrive. Servers will be in tuxedo uniforms to give the evening a bit of elegance, and Friday and Saturday will be an enhanced buffet experience as well.”
The remaining 2015 season includes West Side Story, Aug. 6–Sept. 19; Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress, Sept. 24–Nov. 7; and A Christmas Story, Nov.12–Dec. 30.
The upcoming 2016 season will include Smokey Joe’s Café, Clue the Musical, Menopause the Musical, Million Dollar Quartet, Mary Poppins, Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom, Anything Goes and Holly Jolly Christmas.