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But What About Dinner Theater?

With the vaccine looming on the horizon for the general public, we’ve been thinking more and more about what live theatre is going to look like in a world with herd immunity. Will people rush to the theatre? Will it be more gradual? Will people want even more stimulation with integrated entertainment experiences, like, say, dinner theater? Or might dinner theater be a way to have your entertainment experience while maintaining a safe social distance?

Dinner Theater can be traced back as early as the Renaissance, when performers would sing and dance for diners and was further popularized in medieval times. In the United States, dinner theater was on the rise beginning in the early-to-mid 1900s, with booms happening in the 60s and 70s. Dinner Theater was viewed as a way to bring more exclusive Broadway-style entertainment to cities and small towns across America. Dinner Theater died out as Broadway national tours became more popular, and today mainly exists in the form of niche experiences, like murder-mystery Dinner Theater. 

But does Dinner Theater open up a wealth of possibilities for post-COVID theater? On one hand, it’s pretty easy to socially distance when dining, especially outdoors. On another hand, dinner and a show is something that will provide the entertainment many of us have been desperately craving in this quarantine. Could we be entering a new age of Dinner Theater?

What are your thoughts on what will happen to Dinner Theater in the years to come? Share with us in the comments!

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