The Alhambra Dinner Theater Closes….

Alhambra Dinner Theatre, a Jacksonville institution for more than 40 years, has closed. Tod Booth, owner of the theater and director of most of its shows, said it’s still possible that someone else may come in and revive it.

The theater closed with Sunday night’s final performance of “Forever Plaid.”

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Booth said Monday. “But I cannot afford to continue, it’s cost me everything.”

The Alhambra, which opened in 1967, has been bucking a national trend for decades, one that has seen dinner theaters decline across the country since their heyday in the 1970s. No national count of all dinner theaters exists, but Booth said that the number of theaters which use members of the Actor’s Equity union, as the Alhambra had done, has dropped from 146 in 1974 to four today. Read the rest at Jacksonville.com.

It breaks my heart that the Alhambra is closing. I suppose I’m part of the reason that it is shutting down, for we used to go. However, our income has fallen and we, too, had to cut back. No movies, no dinner theater, no expensive restaurants for us. Unfortunately, those places that we used to go will likely no longer be there when/if the economy turns around again.

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  1. 1

    kc said,

    Damn and blast…never did make it there!

  2. 2

    bonz said,

    Dinner and theater has been a double deathwish for years. Theater alone can’t survive people with cell phones and the constant chatter. Serve dinner and you’d better hope you can break even serving booze.

    It’s a shame. It was a great way to see a show. Very relaxed…but people had manners. Manners died

  3. 3

    Pixie's Great Uncle said,

    The Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre here in Wichita closed one day and was up and going the next. A benefactor stepped in to ensure it stays open. Even in a town with over 10,000 laid off aircraft workers.
    BTW, the unemployment ends on the 14th. I report for my start date at Edwards AFB on that day. Going to the Mojave!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4

    swampie said,

    Woohoooo! Congratulations!

    /He’s getting paid waaaay better than me and won’t even be bitten. Not even once.

  5. 5

    kc said,

    Y’know, I’d like to move again…it’s just wrong somehow to still be living in the same house now for nearly 6 years in a row. It was good when My Chief was stationed at Pax River, if I got itchy feet I just hopped in the BroncoII & went either north or south for a few weeks. But this is 3 years in EXACTLY the same place.

    Good thing the Pixie came along, I’d be on the road about half the year, I think! Not that I’d want to live in California, but I sure would love that open space out there at Edwards!

  6. 6

    swampie said,

    Oh, don’t you know it! I was cursing and swatting mosquitos and yella flies as I was feeding tonight. I would really like to live in a place without mosquitos and yella flies most of the years.

  7. 7

    Pixie's Great Uncle said,

    Me and Pixie’s Grandma grew up along the Milk River in Montana. You want mosquitoes? We had them in droves! It is a slow moving, meandering body of water taht has changed it’s course a couple of times in our lives. This leaves standing pools that are perfect havens for them skeeters.
    The missus and I have been in Wichita for 11 years and in the same house for 10. This is the longest I have ever lived in one house at one time.
    Gonna love that Desert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 8

    swampie said,

    Heh. I was thinking of the Sonora desert.

  9. 10

    swampie said,

    In the two years I lived between Phoenix and Tucson, I can say that I never got one mosquito bite!

  10. 11

    kc said,

    Swampie, Pixie’s Great Uncle – my brother, Glenn – has had the California move put on hold…they’ve found a tumor on his kidney. I know nuthin.’ Next appt is the 10th. His birthday is the 11th. Surgery has been mentioned as most likely treatment. They’ve got a big wedding coming up the 19th, & starting next weekend will have a house full of guests till after said wedding.

    Also found out – same day? day before? – that my first childhood hero, my aunt Sue is now under 24 hour hospice care. Early this week they gave her 2 weeks. Pancreas.

    *sigh*

  11. 12

    swampie said,

    DAMN! My uncle had a tumor on his kidney @ 20 years ago and had it removed. He’s a healthy octogenerian today. I hope, however, it does not come to that for Pixie’s Great Uncle. Pancreatic cancer is scary. I am so sorry.

  12. 13

    Pixie's Great Uncle said,

    Swampie,
    I’m hanging in there!

  13. 14

    swampie said,

    Glad to hear it!

  14. 15

    swampie said,

    Sheesh, I hate gettin’ older but I suppose it’s better than the alternative.


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