Performances are Thursday through Sunday, seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays and Saturdays, seating at 11 a.m.
Admission is $29.90 plus tax and includes dinner and the show.
Early Bird Dinner Theatre - Dinner And A Show At A Convenient Time:
Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theatre has become an institution in the Tampa Bay area. Offered at a highly competitive price, the satisfying dinner buffet and the live, professional theater productions keep pleased patrons coming back season after season.
The guiding concept behind the Early Bird Dinner Theatre is straightforward: Fletcher felt that there were many patrons in the Tampa Bay area who enjoyed dining out and seeing a show but who wanted to get home at an early hour. With its early dinner and performance schedule, the theater perfectly accommodates this market.
Fletcher retired at age 40 after selling his successful art gallery business. Finding retirement dull, in the mid 1980s he decided to write and produce his own screenplay. In doing so, he familiarized himself with the many talented actors living in the Tampa Bay area.
Not long after, Fletcher – who felt that area actors needed additional venues in which to perform – partnered with an area restaurateur and opened three dinner theaters: one in Seminole, one in Dunedin and one in New Port Richey.
In 1990, the restaurant owner retired and Fletcher teamed up with Bill Irle to open Early Bird Dinner Theatre on Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater. The theater enjoyed a 16-year run at this location until Irle finally retired.
Fletcher relocated the theater, taking up residence at the Italian American Club on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. The 2008-09 season will be the theater’s third in its new location.
Over 20 successful years in the Tampa Bay area, Early Bird Dinner Theatre boasts a long list of successful, well-received productions. Following are some of the more recent shows the company has presented:
- Deathtrap – April 27 through June 18, 2006
- Who’s in Bed with the Butler – Sept. 2 through Oct. 29, 2006
- The Lone Star Love Potion – April 19 through June 3, 2007
- Pajama Tops – July 12 through Sept. 2, 2007
- Angel Street – Sept. 6 through Oct. 28, 2007
- Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny – Nov. 3 through Dec. 23, 2007
The dinner segment of Early Bird Dinner Theatre features a full salad bar and buffet with several entrees, sides, assorted rolls and desserts. Among the items commonly found on Early Bird Dinner Theatre’s buffet menu are:
- Tossed Salad
- Pasta Salad
- Three Bean Salad
- Three-Potato Potato Salad
- Mini Italian Meatballs
- Carved Top Round Roast Beef
- Stuffed Breast of Chicken
- Crab Cakes
- Mixed Vegetables
- Fiesta Corn
- Stir Fried Rice