Best Phoenix Dinner Shows and Live Theatre
Want a fun night out on the town but tired of driving from your home, then to a restaurant, and then to your entertainment choice for the evening? Why deal with the hassle of finding parking at each stop along the way, or of having to walk to your next destination wearing those killer new high heels that pinch just a little, but look great. Why not opt for something simpler, as in an enjoyable evening that includes dining and entertainment all in one location! There are plenty of great dinner shows, live theater shows, and events in Phoenix today. Check out the Oracles suggestions below . . . the crystal ball says you'll have a great time.
Carnival of Illusion
STEP RIGHT UP and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out with one of our favorite date spots. You are in for a jaw-dropping evening as this top-rated show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending their theme of mystery and imagination with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. They will certainly have you on the edge of your seat, making this is a great evening for special nights out like birthdays, anniversaries, date nights, and celebrations. Shows are on select Friday and Saturdays at three favorite Valley locations, the Arizona Biltmore Resort, the Tempe Center for the Arts, and the Mesa Arts Center.
The Oracle knows that Carnival of Illusion is more than a Great Magic Show. It's the only place to experience Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La! And what about dinner you say? Each great Valley location is central and there are lots of dining options to be found nearby. And each location boasts a bar where you can certainly grab something to wet your whistle.
Tempe Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre
If comedy is more your thing (rather than yet another cowboy or 50s sing-a-long), then The Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre features a star-studded array of blockbuster comics, and has for decades. Shows usually run weekends, from Thursday to Sunday, with an occasional Wednesday thrown in for good measure. You can order from their very full menu but remember, if you opt out of dinner for the night there is still a two drink minimum (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Shows typically last about 90 minutes and the doors open anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes before the show.
And to make things just a little easier, you can pre-buy tickets for any show online and there's plenty of free parking to boot. Or keep the laughter up and check out The Comedy Spot in Scottsdale for more great comedy.
Arizona Broadway Theater
Showcasing Broadway shows with local and national artists onstage and behind the scenes. This is dinner theatre in its truest form. Although dinner theatre was plentiful in its heyday back in the 1980s, it is now much harder to find this special combination of good food and a great show. Arizona Broadway Theatre boasts a 470 seat theater with a 40 foot wide proscenium style stage. This state of the art theater presents unobstructed views from every seat. Each patron is served dinner table-side from a full menu that is especially created for each show.
AMC Dine-In Movie Theatre
AMC is a movie theatre chain in the Valley with several options. Their Esplanade location on Camelback Rd in Phoenix offers up full service dining. That means you can order dinner and get it right at your comfortable recliner seat. Buy tickets online before the show and even pre-order your meal online if you like. In fact we recommend you order tickets online as that allows you to reserve your seat as well. They have a fun menu that includes a variety of handcrafted food and drinks, all made in-house and made to order. Looking for a discount. Tuesdays is your day for discounted ticket prices, or get a discount for being a senior any day (60+).
One more good reason the Oracle thinks this is a fun night out. . . see a movie in RealD 3D. . . new technology that creates a whole new visual experience. You'll get a groovy pair of 3D glasses to wear for the show and voila! You'll feel like you are right in the middle of the action.
Ice House Tavern
Ice House Tavern may not be dinner theatre per se, but there is plenty of action and food on hand. The name Ice House is super appropriate since this friendly neighborhood tavern overlooks the Arcadia Ice Rink. That means you can kick back to watch some hockey or ice skating action on the rink all while ordering up some spicy chicken wings or tasty tacos, (which we recommend you get on Taco Tuesdays). Grab one of their over 30 beers on tap and if there's nothing happening on the ice, you'll be sure to find the latest NHL or NFL game on one of their high definition TV screens.
Well that's not entertainment you say... the Oracle hasn't told all yet. They also have free music, usually on Saturday nights. This popular hockey bar offers up a sporty alternative to the more artsy forms of dinner theatre.
The Silver Star
The Silver Star has live entertainment and a Phoenix dinner theater show. For one great price you get a wonderful buffet style dinner and a show. Choose from 15 different shows, featuring everything from country to rock n' roll to Broadway and more. There's great music along with laughs and simply a good time. Great for the whole family. Children's prices are slightly less, as are group tickets. Along with the dinner buffet, there is a salad bar and dessert.
Medieval Times is coming to the old west! Opening in the summer of 2019 in the Talking Stick Entertainment District, this popular "dinner tournament" takes you back in time. Knights in shiny armor, jousting, and medieval fun all await you at the castle. This is a show like no other with real horses, thrilling battles and even falconry. Cheer on your champion knight, enjoy a four-course dinner (no silverware of course), and tour the 11th century Spanish castle. Chivalry, rivalry, and revelry!
This spirited show offers up spirits as well in the form of beer, wine and cocktails. You can also special order the vegetarian option, if the ample meal of roast chicken is not to your liking. And for adults only, after the show check out the nightclub Degree 270 situated on the 14th floor of the Talking Stick Resort, with amazing views of the Valley.
Into the Grand
Although this unique dinner show is not in Phoenix but in Page Arizona, we listed it because of the opportunity to share in the stories, dance and song of another culture. This dinner show features a celebration of the Navajo culture along with a buffet style dinner that includes chicken, pork, beef or vegetarian chili, along with potatoes, rolls, beans, applesauce and dessert. This is not gourmet dining, but good down-home cooking made with love. The entertainment includes acoustic guitar during dinner and a culturally rich program of dance, flute and drumming of the Navajo peoples after dinner. The decor includes some wonderful murals of the Western Colorado River region.
We hope you found new theater shows to enjoy for a delightful evening. Phoenix is home to loads of wonderful dinner shows for everyone, young or old.