About The Alhambra Theatre

An Experience That’s Over 50 Years in the Making

A historical photo, used on the About page that shows Ted Johnson and George Ballis having a conversation on the land that would later become home to the Alhambra Theatre.
The History of The Alhambra Theatre

A Jacksonville Entertainment Icon

At a table set for two, covered by an elegant lace cloth and adorned with matching napkins, silverware, stylish china plates and coffee cups, a vision of the future arose. Founders Ted Johnson and George Ballis (pictured at right) were confident in their concept of a new theater.

Since this photograph, taken in July of 1967, the Alhambra Theatre has been a place where friends and families can come together to enjoy a broadway-quality show and a delightful meal.

Through the years, our theater has dazzled generations of guests and even a few celebrities. If these walls could talk, they would have some fun tales to share.

Today, the Alhambra stands proudly as the nation's oldest continuously-operating dinner theater. With the improvements current owner Craig Smith has directed coupled with the quality performances and occasional stars previous owner Tod Booth directs, the Alhambra is as vibrant as ever after more than a half century in operation.

“50 Years of Memories” the Commemorative Book

Read more about the Alhambra Theatre’s iconic history by purchasing our commemorative book.

We Build All Of Our Sets And Costumes From Scratch.

At the Alhambra Theatre, every set and the pieces on it are created and sourced by our talented team. The resulting experience is truly unique.

Ownership & Producer Information

Craig Smith at the Alhambra Theatre
Craig Smith

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining was bought in 2009 by Theater Partners, LLC. A group of four local friends, their sole mission is for the Alhambra to meet the Jacksonville arts and entertainment community's high standards. Managing Partner, Craig Smith is proud to be part of one of Jacksonville's most enduring icons.

Tod Booth at the Alhambra Theatre
Tod Booth

Tod Booth is the former owner of The Alhambra Theatre and the creative force behind the shows you love. For more than 25 years, Tod has guided every show as the Creative Director and Producer. His responsibilities include directing, casting, and producing each Alhambra production.

Behind The Scenes

Our fantastic behind the scenes and off-stage teams do everything from building the sets, to running the lights, and everything in between.

Stage Manager:

Paige Wilsey

Set Designers:

David Dionne & Ian Black

COSTUME DESIGNERS:

Camala Pitts & Dorinda Quiles

The Reviews Are In

See what our guests had to say about their Alhambra experience.

DeAnna Hefner
Jacksonville, FL
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This is a great place for special occasions or just for a fun date night! The three course meal never disappoints. The shows are absolutely top shelf!
Jessica B.
Jacksonville, FL
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I love this place! My first show was Mamma Mia last year and have since become a season partner! I highly recommend becoming a season partner if you want to see most or all of the shows each year.
Richard Vernon
Atlantic Beach, FL
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Generally good food. Almost always great entertainment. Hard to beat it for a fun night out and it won't break the bank for all that you get.
John & Cindy
Atlantic Beach, FL
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Great evening out! Everyone enjoyed their meal. The play was so enjoyable, we were singing at our table!
Cal C.
Atlantic Beach, FL
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My husband and I have been going here for a couple of years. I have never been disappointed. The food is usually delicious. We always enjoy the show. It’s really a great deal!
Terry A.
Atlantic Beach, FL
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This Jacksonville staple has been around for quite a while. The production, costumes, and special affects were spectacular. The cast was very talented and the server was very attentive and friendly.
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Gift Cards

Treat that special someone in your life to a night filled with authentic live theatre and a great dinner.