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Dinner theater is an entertainment that combines a restaurant meal with a staged play. Entertainment is an amusement or diversion intended to hold the attention of an audience or its participants. ... Toms Diner, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... For the coarsely ground flour, see flour. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Sometimes the play is incidental entertainment secondary to the meal, in the style of a night club, or the play may be a major production. A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ...


Audience participation may be a factor in dinner theater, in which the diners may be encouraged to sing or dance with some of the actors. In some cases, diners may be included in a minor way in the plot by exchanging small talk or otherwise interacting with the actors. An audience is the/a group of people who participate in and experience or encounter a work of art, literature, theatre, music or academics in any medium. ... Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... // Plot in literature, theater, movies According to Aristotles Poetics, a plot in literature is the arrangement of incidents that (ideally) each follow plausibly from the other. ... Small Talk was a Reg Grundy game show that premiered on The Family Channel from 1996-1997. ...


Dinner theaters are located all over the United States. The 1970's were the heydey of dinner theaters which provided popular regional entertainment for local audiences. Particularly popular were the dinner theaters who used former movie names to star in the productions. Van Johnson, Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour, Cyd Charisse, Don Ameche, Lana Turner, Roddy McDowall, and Ann Miller are just of few of the stars of the golden era of Hollywood who found success in the field. Also popular were stars and character actors from well remembered television series from earlier years. Burt Reynolds owned a dinner theater in Florida in the early 1980's, as did actor Earl Holliman in Texas. The dinner theater boom seemed to end in the mid 1980's, with a number of them closing and many no longer able to afford celebrities, even faded ones, to star in their productions. Van Johnson Van Johnson (born Charles Van Johnson on August 25, 1916, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American film and television actor. ... Betty Grable Ruth Elizabeth Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 3, 1973) was an American actress, singer, and pin-up girl whose famous bathing-suit poster was an icon of the World War II era. ... Dorothy Lamour (December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American motion picture actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, died in Hollywood, California. ... Cyd Charisse Cyd Charisse is an American dancer and actress. ... Don Ameche (May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American actor. ... Lana Turner Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress famed early in her career for her appearances in tight sweaters, and her smoldering sensuality, and later in her career for sudsy romance films with maximal glamorous evening gowns and tragedy. ... Roddy McDowall as a child actor. ... Ann Miller was born on April 12, 1923 (some sources still indicate 1919) and died on January 22, 2004. ... Burt Reynolds in a promotional photo from Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds on February 11, 1936 in Waycross, Georgia) is an American actor. ... Earl Holliman (born September 11, 1928 in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American film and television actor. ...


Professional actors and technicians work there to gain resume experience with amateurs who are there for a hobby. If someone wants to learn how a real professional theater works, and usually get paid for it, a dinner theater would be a good place to start.


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Dinner theater - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (313 words)
Dinner theater is an entertainment that combines a restaurant meal with a staged play.
Audience participation may be a factor in dinner theater, in which the diners may be encouraged to sing or dance with some of the actors.
The dinner theater boom seemed to end in the mid 1980's, with a number of them closing and many no longer able to afford celebrities, even faded ones, to star in their productions.
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