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The Theatre's History

Located in Jacksonville, FL, the Alhambra Dinner Theatre is the oldest running dinner theater and one of fewer than ten still in existence in the entire United States. This Jacksonville icon was founded in 1967 by Ted Johnson and George Ballis, and it rapidly grew over the following decades until difficult economic conditions forced the doors closed in 2009.

Because of its popularity in the Jacksonville community, a new owner quickly stepped in. Craig Smith oversaw a renovation project—painting the interior and exterior, repairing the flooring, and changing the fixtures. He reopened it on December 1, 2009 with a production of A Christmas Carol, which had been a fixture at Alhambra for the previous 20 years. The theater has been thriving ever since, and Craig is the Managing Partner to this day.

Over the course of the theater’s history, it has hosted legends including Sid Cesar, Ann B. Davis, Tony Curtis, Claude Aiken, and Cesar Romero. In 2017, Alhambra Dinner Theatre held a number of special events throughout the course of the year to celebrate its Golden Anniversary of 50 years in operation. Today, the Alhambra is a cornerstone of Jacksonville’s vibrant arts scene, producing musicals and plays for the community and those who travel to experience all the theater has to offer.

Inside the Dinner Theatre Inside the Dinner Theatre
Enjoy the Show! Enjoy the Show!
Fountains can be explored during intermission Fountains can be explored during intermission

The Alhambra Dinner Theatre Experience

With 408 seats arranged on three levels in a unique U-shape, every seat in the house is a good one. The Alhambra features plated, full-service seating at your table, with food prepared by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy. Each menu is carefully crafted based on what is being shown at the theater, borrowing from the themes and culture of each show. Dinner typically begins two hours before the show, allowing time for you to enjoy a meal and socialize. The theater also has a garden and fountain outdoors for you to stroll around during intermission.

The 2018 Alhambra show schedule includes The Marvelous Wonderettes, Little Shop of Horrors, Five Guys Named Moe, A Fox on the Fairway, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Kiss Me Kate, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, 1776, and Elf the Musical. Alhambra features an outstanding cast and numerous stage managers, set designers, and costume designers that ensure flawless productions. Many cast members have performed on Broadway and participated in national and international tours. Alhambra also puts on several select matinee shows throughout the year.

Travel Tips

  • Getting dressed up is encouraged for the fine dining and Broadway quality shows. Ties not required.