Once upon a time, “dinner and a show” was a date in two places; first you went to dinner, then you went to a show. Today, in venues across Wisconsin, it’s a date in one place where you do two things – dinner and a show. And so was born the dinner theatre. Here, theater-goers reserve a table proximal to the stage where a four-course dinner is followed by a three-act play. What could be more convenient, or more entertaining? Enjoy these Wisconsin dinner theatres where they feed both the body and the soul.
Opened in 1964, the Klopcic family took the Fireside “Hollywood” in 1978 by adding a 585-seat theater-in-the-round to their popular restaurant. Since then they have staged more than 140 professional productions ranging from “Oklahoma” to “High School Musical.” They are one of the Midwest's most popular entertainment destinations, a perennial motorcoach favorite, and the only Actor’s Equity dinner theatre in Wisconsin. The Fireside produces six Broadway musicals each year featuring professional talent, gorgeous costumes, top-notch choreography and lighting. Whether you’ve come for the performance or not, the Fireside’s cuisine is exceptional as is its service. As a bonus, the facility houses five gift shoppes offering more than 50,000 little luxuries.
Located in the Hudson House Grand Hotel, the theatre is just off I-94E in Hudson, only minutes from the Twin Cities. A smaller, more intimate theatre, the St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre is one of the few dinner theatres in the nation providing wait staff-served dinners to all of its guests. They offer casual fine dining with a variety of entrees including penne pasta, top sirloin, chicken, pork and salmon. Their productions are a wonderful mix of comedies and musical revues performed by a talented cast of professional actors and musicians. Normally, four shows are staged each year. Show-only tickets are available.
Memories Ballroom has gone through many iterations since first opening its doors as Weiler’s Log Cabin Ballroom in 1934. Most recently, Memories has been home to a dinner theater for nearly 20 years. Whether attending an evening show or matinee, guests can expect to be greeted by the owners, Rolland Roebuck and Lynn and Bob Klemm, as they enter the venue. The charming dining area features the original roof made from local tamarack trees and cozy, stone fireplaces that create the perfect atmosphere for a special night. Before the show starts, the friendly, personable staff serve bountiful meals that are sure to leave guests satisfied. From musicals to comedians and interactive murder mysteries, Memories has something to offer everyone!