Dinner Theaters in Albuquerque

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Dinner theater in Albuquerque makes for a great night out with friends or a fun way to get together with family. It can also make for a romantic, albeit unusual, date night. Some dinner theaters are interactive, and others are like going to see a play, only minus the theater. The important thing to remember is that seating is limited in the kind of small, intimate settings of a dinner theater, so be sure to reserve your place early.

Shows at special times of the year, such as Valentine's Day, can sell out, so plan ahead.

Albuquerque Marriott Dinner Detective

The Albuquerque Marriott is home to the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show. The evening includes an interrogation reception, four-course dinner, and an interactive dinner show. The group of actors in the show are masters of improvisational theater. They hide among the guests, leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who isn't. Guests who spend the night get a discount.

Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfast

When imagining a dinner theater, a bed and breakfast might not be what you imagine. The Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfast, however, offers dinner theater experiences along with a night at one of their rooms. The B&B is located in east downtown and is comprised of several historic buildings that have been renovated and repurposed for the business.

One of the B&B's houses is called The Spy House, a bungalow famous because David and Ruth Greenglass once lived in it, and David Greenglass was the brother of Ethel Rosenburg, a convicted Soviet spy who was executed with her husband in the 1950s. In the murder mystery dinner theater, the Spy House is central to the storyline.

The play, "A Brief Case for Murder," reveals the history of the Spy House. Dinner theater guests have minor speaking roles and the opportunity to ad lib dinner conversation while in character. Murder Mystery dinner theater occurs monthly, with an additional Valentine's dinner theater in February.

The dinner is prepared on site by a chef from the nearby Artichoke Cafe. Three options for a four-course meal are available, with wine. Dietary needs can be accommodated; just let them know when purchasing tickets. The full gourmet meal, wine, and the murder mystery cost $95 per person.

Seeing a show at this dinner theater provides another option, though, and that is the choice of staying overnight. This option also includes a night of lodging in the room of your choice and a full breakfast in the morning. The cost for two for everything ranges from $279 - $339.

Reservations are required and full payment is due when tickets are purchased. Tickets are non-refundable. Guests must be 18 or older. 

East Mountain Community Theater

The East Mountain Community Theater presents regular plays throughout its season, with an added bonus: they have dinner theater performances on Saturdays for some shows. Plays are suitable for all ages.

Dinner and a show are $35 for adults and $18 for children 11 and under. Seniors 65+ and students are $30. The dinner theater performances take place in Sandia Park in the east mountain area, at the Vista Grande Community Center. The Center is located at 15 La Madera Road, off Highway 14.

Foul Play Cafe

At Foul Play Cafe, murder is always on the menu, and through the year you'll find a rotation of shows. They all have a single theme to discover who dunnit. The Cafe is located in the Sheraton in Uptown. Shows are every Friday and Saturday evening. Doors open at 7 pm. and shows begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Each show runs for three months, with the storyline revolving around a murder that the audience can help to solve. The plays are comedic mysteries where you must decide who's the guilty party. The dining package includes show admission, a four-course meal, and beverages.

Cost is $57 per person. The Foul Play Cafe shows are all ages, so in addition to four-course meals, there are kid entree options. There are three entree options, and special dietary restrictions can be accommodated; just be sure to let them know when making your reservation.

The Foul Play Cafe can accommodate groups up to 125. Interaction is part of the fun of the show, but if you don't care to participate, let them know as you are being seated. At the end of each night, there is a drawing for those who have correctly guessed the killer.