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Why are dinner theaters still popular? Meals and fun for bus groups

Dinner theaters have been a mainstay in the bus travel business for decades. Why? Because they provide the ideal solution for trip planners: fun during a group meal.


Nashville, Tennessee
Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater was once part of 27 locations throughout the country called The Actors Barn. Today, it’s Greensboro, NC location is the only one remaining. It maintains the original charm of those first sites, though. While at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater, you’ll enjoy a show lead by professional actors and staff along with a buffet menu that revivals any restaurant around. Under new ownership, they recently upgraded their facility and theater. Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater plays to record crowds every year.

Olney, Maryland
Olney Theatre Center
Olney Theatre Center provides extraordinary performances for an extraordinary community. It offers a diverse array of productions throughout the year. Since 2016, the Olney Theatre Center has won 18 prestigious Helen Hayes Awards and nominated 146 times. From their first production in 1938, The Lady has a Heart, they have been providing quality entertainment to the people of Maryland and beyond. The theater is within cruising distance of many fine restaurants and a variety of cuisines.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
A genuine theater family owns the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. The Prather family has been producing quality theatre for the people of Lancaster for more than 50 years. The Dutch Theatre itself is in its 33rd year of production and offers good shows, award-winning food, and exceptional services to more than 150,000 guests each year. The theatre seats 328 people and sits in the heart of Amish Country.

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Johnstown, Colorado
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse brings Broadway to your backyard. It is the largest professional dinner theater in Colorado, and it hosts not only professional shows but Grammy award-winning performers, as well. The people at Candlelight see dinner and a show as an inseparable combination. They offer a menu designed to highlight the spectacular performance on stage. In other words, each menu is unique and parallel to the show you are seeing.

Sacramento, California
Delta King
Delta King is an attraction like a few others. Located in Old Sacramento, it is more than just a dinner show. Delta King is a hotel, and restored authentic riverboat (sister to the Delta Queen), and, yeah, there’s food and entertainment, too. The Delta King theater showcases the splendor of Victorian melodrama. WIth 110 seats, it features pop-up desks in each for notes and drinks. You can also spend your night at the Suspects Comedy Mystery, which is an interactive who-done-it dinner show.

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Branson, Missouri
Legends in Concert
As the name suggests, Legends in Concert in legendary Branson, Missouri, showcases some of the world’s best talent, or they kind of do. It offers tribute shows that will make you think you see the real thing. From Elvis to Marilyn to Adele, all the greats are right here. You can also enjoy drinks and meals before the show in the balcony area. Catering options for group meals must be pre-arranged. Once you’ve been to Legends in Concert, you’ll come back over and over to enjoy your favorite performers.

Little Rock, Arkansas
Murry's Dinner Playhouse
Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is a unique blend of fabulous live entertainment and a mouthwatering buffet. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse was once upon a time the Olde West Dinner Theatre in Little Rock. Today, it is run by the original owner’s daughter and grandson and a member of the National Dinner Theatre Association. While there, you’ll see some of the top musicals and comedies straight from Broadway. It’s a show the whole family can enjoy. Chef Larry Shields creates a menu that showcases each show, as well.

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