First-rate musical dramas come to life in this popular dinner theater. Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, and South Pacific are ... More
Alhambra Dinner Theatre
First-rate musical dramas come to life in this popular dinner theater. Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, and South Pacific are just a small few of the Broadway productions performed by its talented cast. Seating, on four levels, circles the stage assuring every table of an unimpeded view. The menu coincides with the show, so you're bound to try new cuisine every time you visit.
Been three times since the change to new owners, the remodel of the facility and the Matthew Medure food. It's one of the few remaining dinner theatres in the US (only 11 remain) and we're fortunate it's in our backyard. As far as value, compare it to anything else you'd spend your entertainment dollar on and it's far superior (sports, live events, etc.). If you haven't been in the last year or so - you need to give it another shot and see what you think. If a review here is old - you need to consider that - Craig Smith will go out of his way to ensure you enjoy the new experience.
Hairspray was one of the best shows ever!!! Took my mother for her birthday..she loved it!. The Alhambra has improved sooo much since new ownership. The wait staff is and has always been great. The food has improved a little. My mother is a vegetarian didn't like the selection, though she did like the seafood portion. Dessert was good. You use to serve giant cookies...would love to see those back! We are planning on coming back for The Odd Couple.
My husband and I loved the atmosphere. We enjoyed the play very much. Food was great and there was plenty. Wished we had other choices for beverages with meal.
We love the chices for the upcoming plays and are considering bring our young grandson to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this summer, our only concern is the food. I am hoping there will be a more child friendly menue ie: chicken fingers,fries,grilled cheese mac and cheese,hot dogs, etc. We loved the fact that the owner came and shared a moments with us personally
I have been to 3, maybe 4 plays since the opening under new management. I have enjoyed every play, although not Broadway quality, who cares, I am not paying 200.00 a ticket. The food has improved but still has some ways to go, I found in the beginning it was much better, warmer when served and quite tasty compared to the "old" buffet. They are trying and will make it better and better. It is up to the people of Jacksonville to keep this dinner theatre going, hey it is a landmark, it is a nice evening, we live in Jacksonville, no New York. It can be costly for some, so there are plenty ofl local theatre's they can attend. Let's support and keep this landmark, hats off to Craig Smith and his partners.
The second night of "It's a wonderful Life" First they ran out of the main course Meat and the rest of the food was terrible...The show is a radio show...didn't read the fine print when we booked...not worth seeing....while the Alhambra has new ownership and a partial face lift they are having the food catered and it's awful!!!!!!!!!!
Had the opportunity to see A Christmas Carole show at the New Management Alhambra Theatre as of Dec 09, by far a night and day difference, other than the structure
being the same on the outside, the inside decor, bar, show, atmosphere and buffet style
food by one of Jacksonvilles best-known restaurateurs Matthew Medure,
the entirety was awesome to say the least.
Hats off to the new owner Craig Smith and Theatre Partners
in preserving a memorable tradition in the Oldest Dinner Theatre in the US.
We plan on frequenting the ALHAMBRA for every new show.
Many thanks for a job well done.
Forever Plaid was so boring the act can't be described !!!
The food was worse than awful, it was room temp. The deserts were even worse if that was possible. The waite staff was efficient, topping off drinks.
That was the only recommendation I could make.
Save your money, don't go there.
We saw Annie, I LOVED The Orphans!! They were so funny and stole the show. we went on the night the Red team preformed, so hats off to Kelsey Renaldo, Casandra Blickley, Jackie Jones, Kaila Justice, Amber Waterman, and Abby Davey!!! I wish the kids were out more. OK as for the food, yes it is not 5 star, but I appreciate they put more attention on the show.
I've been going to Alhambra for 30 years. 20 Years ago, it was great. I'm disappointed in it now. The food is horrible, and borders on inedible. It consists of frozen foods not properly cooked, instant mashed potatoes, and canned foods. Much of my food, I taste, then leave on the plate. The bread is ok. They routinely run out of food due to the buffet style and not close enough attention to food levels. Multiple trays of food were totally empty. When they brought out replacements, one of the trays was frozen! I just cannot express how bad this food is. Chocolate mousse is one of their consistent desserts. That's the only one I'd recommend unless you want to pay $45 for jello.
The wait staff try very hard. They're attentive with water and coffee. The card on the table indicates they aren't getting paid anything other than a tip. They also make reminder announcements to leave a tip. Considering what the tickets cost, it seems that the Alhambra management is a bit greedy if they really aren't paying their staff.
Most of the tables involve sharing seats with others. 6 people will sit at 1 table. So if you're a couple, expect 1-2 other couples at your table. The tables are very small. I kept getting kicked at a recent show.
The shows themselves are ok. You'll see websites claiming "Broadway style shows." I laugh when I read that. This is about the quality of community theater, maybe better some days and maybe worse other days. The sets are minimalistic. Shows are generally family-oriented, which I consider a big plus. The production quality is not that great with inconsistent sound and the "Samsung" logo of their video projector showing up sometimes on the screen when they play videos. That, in particular, spoils the show, and is very amateurish.
As far as the market this establishment is targeting, the average age in attendance appears to be mid to late 60's. I've been to two shows in the past month and both were like that. You'll see a few younger folks. But it's a largely retirement-age crowd.
The building and furnishings are dark, gloomy and old-fashioned. There's lots of 70's-era iron, tile, and a mixture of chairs from over the years. I suspect the lights outside used to have glass in them. The facility needs a real facelift. Be careful of the floor. It was wet when I went and I almost slipped.
As something to do, if you can find a coupon in the Entertainment Book, then it's ok for a night out. But I wouldn't pay full price. And I don't understand why the food is as bad as it is. There are varying levels of frozen and instant foods. They really could do better.
We saw the musical "All Shook Up" yesterday, and singing ranged from good to very good, and the book was fun (although a bit silly at times).
The wait staff was good about keeping coffee, iced tea, and water topped off.
Downsides: The food is "okay." If you're going alone, you may want to run through McD's or Wendy's on the way over instead of eating at the buffet.
(We went with a group, and it was nice to sit and talk with the others at the table during dinner.)
That has the added benefit of knocking an hour off the time you'll be in their seats.
Seats are fine for dining, but I was getting a little uncomfortable by the intermission.
Bottom line: Go for the show. Skip the meal if you like, but don't miss the show. Live entertainment is a lot of fun.
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