dinner theater


: a restaurant in which a play is presented after the meal is over

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Opened in 1975 as a naughty dinner theater, this Montrose icon evolved from a gay disco to a counterculture super-club, hosting the Village People in 1979, followed by the likes of Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure. Robin Soslow, Chron, 18 Feb. 2023 Amy did dinner theater, for god’s sakes. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The furnishings were positioned to emulate an old style dinner theater, where everything faced a central focal point — in this case, a dance floor where guests gave speeches and paid tributes. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2020 There was also the dinner theater episode with Ellen Barkin and Tim Meadows. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2023 The dinner theater — where audience members feast on chicken with their hands while watching jousts in a ring — has been flying in actors from its other locations to cover staffing gaps, said Erin Zapcic, who plays a queen at the theater and is among those walking off the job since Saturday. Azure Gilman, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2023 But Stevens, who recently re-opened his Nashville dinner theater Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom and will release a new album on Oct. 8, isn't laughing about the vaccine controversy or the impact the virus continues to have on the entertainment community. Cindy Watts, PEOPLE.com, 24 Sep. 2021 But the Magic Time Machine wasn't always kiddie dinner theater. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Feb. 2023 During the pandemic, Loud Fridge produced some one-night shows, a poetry slam, a parody dinner theater show a burlesque show featuring all people of color. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinner theater was in 1959

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“Dinner theater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinner%20theater. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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