Maitland's Enzian Theater, just north of Winter Park and Orlando FL
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Just north of downtown Orlando
is a hidden treasure: the Enzian Theater in Maitland. This cool art film house is "the" place to see indy films and film festival favorites. Locals with a love of the big screen know to arrive early, however. The Enzian
's beautiful outdoor area - beneath giant oaks - includes the inviting Eden Bar, where discussion is lively, the menu is enticing, and cocktails are plentiful. Patrons can dine al fresco
if they choose, or wait until they step inside the theater, where they're able to order dinner from within the screening room. It's almost too good to be true.
Who could resist having pizza with a big-screen film, especially when the pies are named Five Easy Pieces, Babette's Feast, Hawaii Five-O and Godzilla? Reel Pizza, on the square in Bar Harbor, Maine
, shoots and scores with its quirky lobby, filling food and dinner-with-movie setup. You're likely to run into locals in the lobby before the movie begins, and it's always fun to have a new friend in a vacation spot.
Pinos Altos Operal House
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In tiny little Pinos Altos, 5 hours from Albuquerque
and a few miles up the road from Silver City, NM, lies a great little secret - the best steaks west of the Rio Grande and a fun night of entertainment to accompany it! On historic Main Street, the Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House was established in the 1860's. At 7,000 feet surounded by the Gila Forest, this little mining town is sure to delight. After a great dinner at the Buckhorn, head next door for a hilarious romp in melodrama style at the Opera House. Before the show, the old time piano player warms up the crowd, taking requests in sing a long style. Down the road you'll find over 25 unique galleries and cafes in the artist colony Silver City, a little Santa Fe in the making.
Chaffin’s Barn is the perfect experience for diners looking for an unforgettable night out in Nashville
. Located on the outskirts of town, Chaffin’s combines a delicious meal with impeccably scripted thespian entertainment. The 300-seat theater is housed inside a rustic, country barn that provides picture-perfect, old-timey ambiance. Their buffet-style dinner is a throwback to true southern fares and serves everything from baked salmon to fresh salads. With a table all their own, the desserts – particularly the chess pie – are sinfully delicious. During the night’s meal, actors not appearing in that evenings show wait on diners and offer a glimpse of the entertainment to come.
The Broadway Palm Dinner Theaters in Fort Myers, Florida and Mesa, Arizona
are family favorites for dependable, quality musicals and highly comedic plays. Classics like Brigadoon share the season's bill with popular shows like Legally Blonde and a Patsy Cline review. Dinner is included in the ticket price, and not only is the evening affordable, the shows are great and the food is good. No wonder these theaters have been so popular for so long.
The Magic Castle - a Hollywood Landmark
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Do you know a magician? Well, if you want to get into a Los Angeles
landmark, The Magic Castle, for dinner and a show, then you need to meet one! It’s always been a “members only” club, allowing magicians to join and invite guests to experience a one-of-a-kind experience. Since 1909 the old, Victorian mansion has been located on Franklin Avenue near the hills of Hollywood.
The dinner menu offers magic enthusiasts an assortment of steaks, seafood and vegetarian selections and the entertainment leaves the audience “oooing” and “ahhhing” until it’s time to leave. Start with the Portobello Fries, if you like mushrooms deep-fried in tempura (the spicy ponzu dipping sauce is mystifying to the palate). The Magic Castle is known to bring in a variety of talented magicians from all over the world for an eye-popping, jaw-dropping dinner show.