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Rallying Through A Pandemic

Oct 11, 2020
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We’ve all read the headlines. We know the stories and we understand the health and economic issues that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. There are, however, some uplifting stories - and we have had many right here at the Alhambra. This story is about coming together and supporting one another in times of crisis.

Becky in full face mask

We often say that our Alhambra guests and staff are like family to us. Since we all came together 10 years ago to “save” the theater, the feeling of family has never been more evident or proven until now. Most people don’t realize we actually employ more than 90 people. Our guests know our box office staff and see our servers and servers assistants. They certainly see our actors, but behind the scenes (quite literally!), we have set designers, costume makers, cooks and chefs, bakers, dishwashers, housekeepers, launderers and finance people. It’s our own economic ecosystem; one which depends on their paycheck from the theater to pay their bills and feed their families. Some of these folks have been with us for more than 40 years.

Parmesan crusted salmon plated with asparagus

It was a big undertaking to provide curbside takeaway. It was another undertaking to open only for dinner. However, the biggest hurdle has been re-opening with limited capacity. Over the last few months, we've had to re-seat more than 50,000 people across five shows and seven months of our season - which has kept our box office pretty darned busy. And when we added matinee performances to accommodate the seats we sold, our actors had to agree work the extra shows. Not one person across the entire company thought twice.

Sliced beef brisket drizzled with barbecue sauce

We've kept the Alhambra open through the pandemic not to turn a profit, but to keep our family of staffers healthy – physically and fiscally. And that wouldn’t have happened without the amazing support of our guests – the other part of our family. Yes, we had to adapt as a business, but our guests had to adapt as well, and we respect and appreciate the effort they made, too. Without them, we would not have survived.

Cars lined up for takeout at theater

There were lots of curbside dining options, and our guests chose us.  There were lots of options with restaurants offering curbside and outdoor dining options. Then, and even when restaurants could reopen and seat at 50% capacity, and our guests still chose us.  Whether they have come weekly or just occasionally, it has been our guests who have made it possible for us to stay the course (even when the course seemed to change by the minute). Every decision we made to stay open was made deliberately and was fully thought through, including installing new processes and enhanced safety.  None of these actions were taken lightly, and we like to think it was the trust in those processes that helped our staff feel comfortable to come to work and our guests continue to visit us.

Through all of this, if we came away with anything it’s that family is vitally important to everyone. This theater – this family – is glued together through the trust of each other to do what’s right, what’s safe and sometimes what’s difficult. We are grateful our guests have trusted us as we trust them – they have had to play by the new rules, too!  We have no idea what the future looks like, but we know we’re still looking forward to it – just as we look forward to sharing each and every day with our Alhambra family.

More memories will be made. We can promise you that!

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The Sirens of Motown

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Classic Caesar Salad

*GF* without croutons

Hearty Chili

with cheddar cheese

Course 2

Choice of One

Chef DeJuan’s World-Famous Recipes

Prime Rib *GF*

with baked potato and garlic green beans

Shrimp & Grits

Fried Chicken

white barbecue sauce, French fries, coleslaw

Plant-Based Chili *GF*

Course 3

Choice of One

Banana Pudding

Red Velvet Cake

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Plant-Based Chili

Takeout Option

Course 1

Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Classic Fried Chicken

Takeout Option

Course 1

Classic Fried Chicken

white barbeque sauce, chopped pickles, Lima beans, hand-cut French fries
*GF* option: baked chicken, Lima beans, Swiss chard

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

Take Out Option

Course 1

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

creamy rice, Swiss chard

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Chef's Famous Shrimp & Grits

Takeout Option

Course 1

Chef DeJuan's Famous Shrimp & Grits

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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COVID-19 Update

The Health and Safety of Our Staff and Guests Is Our Top Priority.

A message from our owner, Craig Smith.

Thank you for visiting the Alhambra’s website. We will be continuing to follow the COVID-19 guidelines we have followed since June 2020. Our guests and our staff tell us they are comfortable with our social distancing measures and with our rules about wearing masks, and it is this important feedback that we put above all other factors.

For those of you renewing their Season Partnerships for 2021, we will continue to employ the adjusted seating plans until further notice. We thank you for your understanding as our Box Office staff works with you to ensure the best possible seating.

Warmest regards,
Craig Smith
Managing Partner
For further details about our current COVID-19 policies, please continue reading.
The Alhambra is taking every precaution to protect the safety of its guests as it relates to COVID-19. To protect our staff and our guests, we are adhering to all recommendations from our state and local officials, including practicing social distancing by limiting our capacity to the recommended percentage in the theater and limiting access to the Library Lounge.

In regard to seating, no two parties will share a table unless otherwise requested and each reserved seat is at least 6 ft. away from the next reserved seat (not in their party). Throughout the building, you will find measured distances marked on the floor to avoid crowding. We also ask that all guests respect social distance when navigating throughout the theater (i.e. the bar, bathrooms, etc). Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building. Our kitchen and service staff will wear masks and gloves and they have received updated training.

Update: In following with the city of Jacksonville’s recent mandate, we are now requiring all guests to wear a mask during your experience here at the theater, excluding the meal portion, of course. Masks will be available for $1, upon request, for those who cannot provide their own.

We also insist that if you feel at all symptomatic, and/or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, that you reschedule your reservation. Should you need to reschedule due to illness, we are offering full house credits back to your Alhambra account and waiving the day of show cancellation fee. To ensure the safety of others, customers and staff will be asked to leave the premises upon any display of illness.
If you have any further questions, give us a call. We are here to help!
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The Statler Brothers

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Volunteer State Salad

kale, carrots, raisins, tomatoes, spiced pecans, creamy apple cider vinaigrette *GF*

Tomato Bisque

with Asiago cheese crouton

Course 2

Choice of One

Country Friend Pork Chops

smothered in gravy with rustic mashed potatoes, creamy lima beans

Slow-Roasted Top Round of Prime Beef

with au jus, garlic and rosemary fingerling potatoes, corn pudding
*GF* without corn pudding

Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya

over dirty rice

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Parmesan crust, served over autumn kale salad

Course 3

Choice of One

Strawberry Shortcake

with whipped cream

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Shrimp & Grits

Takeout Option

Course 1

Chef DeJuan's Famous Shrimp & Grits

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

Takeout Option

Course 1

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

creamy rice grits, Swiss chard

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Fried Chicken

Takeout Option

Course 1

Fried Chicken

white barbeque sauce, chopped pickles, hand-cut French fries *GF* with baked chicken

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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Plant-Based Chili

Take Out Option

Course 1

Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

Course 2

Banana Pudding

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The Everly Brothers Experience

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Classic Caesar

with croutons
*GF* without croutons

Pumpkin Bisque

with cinnamon crème fraîche

Course 2

Choice of One

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

macaroni and cheese, green beans

Mahi & Shrimp Casino

herbs, bread crumbs, vegetables, rice pilaf *GF* without toppings

Chicken Proveçal

spiral pasta, broccolini

Pasta Primevera

with garlic bread

Course 3

Choice of One

House-Made Cherry Strudel

Key Lime Pie

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Footloose

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Classic Caesar Salad

*GF* without croutons

Hearty Chili

with cheddar cheese

Course 2

Choice of One

Chef DeJuan’s World Famous Shrimp & Grits

Braised Boneless Beef Ribs

creamy rice, Swiss chard

Fried Chicken

white barbecue sauce, chopped pickles, Lima beans, hand-cut French fries
*GF* option: baked chicken, Lima beans, Swiss chard

Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

Course 3

Choice of One

Banana Pudding

Key Lime Pie

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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Grease

Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Watermelon Salad (GF)

Arugula, feta, peaches, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, white balsamic vinaigrette

Pigs in a Blanket

Smoked sausage. puff pastry. whole-grain mustard dip.

Course 2

Choice of One

Blue Moon Special Oven-Roasted Turkey

Carved turkey piled on top of buttery Texas toast with turkey gravy, diner mashed potatoes, green beans, fried onions

Poached Salmon Oscar (GF)

Topped with crab & creamy hollandaise, over asparagus & rice pilaf

You’re the One That I Want Country Fried Steak

Country gravy, hash-browns with onions, green peas, fluffy biscuit

Veggie Spaghetti

Spaghetti tossed with pesto, peas, mushrooms, and tomatoes

Course 3

Choice of One

Homemade Root Beer Float

A tall glass of root beer finished with delicious vanilla ice cream

Giant Chocolate Brownie

with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberries *contains peanuts

Menu subject to change | Gluten-free (GF) & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

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