Mesa Area Theaters with Live Actors!

There’s a certain magic to theater. When it’s good, it’s good. Mesa area theaters can be remarkable.

You forget all about yourself and your problems and are transported to a different space in a way that TV and movies just can’t touch.

Theater is a classy way to show your partner that you value them.

A classy way to show you value friends.

A classy way to savor time.

There are real people putting themselves out there and you will be amazed at how much talent there is.

You leave with a good feeling that you supported special talent and the arts.

Mesa Area Theaters

The Mesa Arts Center features a large building for performing arts. The main theater is called the Ikeda Theater. The structure houses several other smaller and more intimate theater rooms which are perfect for...


You can see live performances at the Mesa Arts Center. Head on over to the Southwest Shakespeare Company if you want to see Shakespeare plays in Mesa.

Some theater comes with dinner and drink options. 

Note the Palms Theater below has closed.  Their website suggests there is another Valley Arts Organization that could be a replacement.

The Broadway Palm has a hot dinner with a nice bar so if you are hungry and come here right after work you don’t have to hassle with going to a different place for food.

Then again you also have the option just to sit back and enjoy. There are seats in the back for those who want to enjoy the program without the buffet.

Apache Junction live theater

If you are looking for a fun dinner show try out Barleen's Arizona Opry.  This place really knows how to give you fun entertainment!

Did you know that the Mining Camp now has live entertainment?  They call it the "Hello Arizona" Dinner shows.  We tried this out in the past and you get to sit in one of the dinner rooms very close to the entertainers.  Shows for the 2016-17 season start December 27, 2016 and run through April 15, 2017.  Go here for the show calendar.


If you can get tickets and don't mind a short drive to Tempe, I recommend any live theater at the ASU Gammage.


The Hale Centre Theatre is in a delightful area of downtown Gilbert. It offers a cozy experience with all the seats in a square format around the stage. There are restaurants that you can walk to if you arrive early.

Are YOU excited about a live theater play that you experienced?

For example, my favorite is Charles Dicken's "A Chistmas Carol." It is sold out every year at the Hale Center Theatre. No matter how often we go, it's always memorable and meaningful. The costuming is eye-popping, the closeness to the actors is totally engaging, and the result is an electric experience. Especially when you leave and get to shake hands with the characters in their costumes!

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