12000 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
June 15, 2020
Alhambra Dinner Theater was the first treat I gave my family and myself after I graduated from college. My first job was in Jacksonville, and the theater was new, having been built in 1967.
The play we saw was "Barefoot in the Park" in 1969. The star was Dawn Wells. She was well known from the television series "Gilligan's Island" where she played the role of Mary Ann Summers.
It was a great performance and a great dinner. Everybody was happy.
In the early days of the dinner theater they featured shows with well known stars to attract business. More than 100 big name stars have appeared here in various musicals and plays.
Some of these stars include Barbara Eden, Betty Grable, Don Ameche, Joey Bishop, George Hamilton, Mickey Rooney, Martha Raye, Sally Struthers, Cesar Romero and many more.
Alhambra Dinner Theater still features big name stars, but not as often as in the 1970s and 1980s. Television commercials pay these starts a lot more money than dinner theaters, and with a whole lot less work.
The dining room is elegant and surrounds the stage so everyone gets a good view. The capacity of the dining room is 408 seats.
Three course dinners are served and there is a full service bar so your server can also bring you drinks.
Each show has its own menu. An example is the menu for "Grease", a sold out play scheduled for July 30 through September 20, 2020.
First Course: choice of one of either two different salads or "Pigs in a Blanket", made of smoked sausage, puff pastry, and whole grain mustard dip.
Second Course: choice of Blue Moon Special Oven Roasted Turkey, or Country Fried Steak, or poached Salmon Oscar, or Veggie Spaghetti with pesto, peas, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Third Course: homemade root beer float, or a giant chocolate brownie with whipped cream chocolate sauce and strawberries.
The dining room also serves gluten free and sugar free desserts.
Alhambra Dinner Theater was closed briefly in 2009 because of the economic recession and its effect on attendance.
They are open during the current pandemic (July 2020) but with certain conditions including reduced seating and social distancing.