Dinner Theatre is a format that caters usually to elderly patrons. The building will be both a restaurant and theatre. In some places food is served during the show, others it's served beforehand.

At conventional dinner theaters, the plays chosen tend to be TheMusical, or other LowestCommonDenominator crowd-pleasing fare. Another take comes in the form of original spectacles in custom-built arenas designed to entertain family crowds, such as the RealLife ''Medieval Times'' chain. A popular variation has been to mix dinner theater with {{LARP}} MurderMystery theatre, where the audience takes part in the proceedings to solve the crime. Alternatively, the show is set up as an event that encourages mingling between audience and actors, a concept pioneered by ''Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding'' in TheEighties.

In fiction, this is usually portrayed as the lowest job an actor can get.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'' has Creator/KevinKline's washed-up character performing ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' at a Dinner Theatre. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAI1SjHcyQA His audience is divided between the oblivious and the uninterested.]]
* At the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', Prince Charming is reduced to performing dinner theater to an unappreciative audience who cheer Shrek (who is supposed to be the villain in the play) instead of him.
* The film ''Film/AutoFocus'' recreates Bob Crane having to make do with these kind of theatre roles to make ends meet, after ''Film/HogansHeroes'' ends.
* ''Film/TheCableGuy'' takes his increasingly reluctant buddy to an outpost of ''Medieval Times'' and they wind up duking it out ''Star Trek'' style in the arena itself.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Joan Hess's ''The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn'' takes place during an all-weekend MurderMystery event, which includes DinnerTheater performances for the "crime", investigation updates, and denouement.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', a character named Gerard St. James is playing Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''.
-->'''Gerard St. James:''' Speaking of, I'm playing Willy in a dinner theater production of Salesman at Costa Mesa, all next month. (He hands Dean a flyer) You get a free pepper steak with the coupon.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': The episode "Hamburger Dinner Theater".
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had "Abracapasta", a dinner theatre specializing in magic.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', Shnitzel [[PlayingATree plays a tree]] in Mung Daal's dinner theater.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** MarkHamill performs a ''StarWars''-themed dinner theater version of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
-->[[BigStarIsMainCharacter Mark Hamill IS Nathan Detroit. Pepper Steak IS the entree.]]
** Krusty The Klown also appeared in ''Theatre/KingLear'' at the Springfield Dinner Theatre. Homer, a restaurant critic at the time, thought the food wasn't near so hammy as the acting. (It didn't help that Krusty didn't know it was a tragedy.)
** The family also went to a magic-themed dinner theater.
* ''DanVs.'' has an episode called "Dan Vs. Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre".