Coachlight Dinner Theatre in East Windsor, Connecticut opened
its doors in September 1972. This 699 seat dinner theater-in-the-round
featured many well known personalities of the day during its first season
of productions, including Pat Carroll, Stubby Kaye and Davey Jones.
A playbill from their fifth season claims that the Coachlight Dinner
Theatre had become known as the Broadway of dinner theaters.
Their production of Play It Again, Sam starring Jack Gilford
has been preserved on video and is now in the video archives of the New
York Public Library. Due to an unfortunate combination of circumstances
the Coachlight Dinner Theatre was forced to close its doors early
in 1992. The property was eventually auctioned off and today
all that remains is a coachlight attached to the remnant of an old electronic
are deeply indebted to a serious collector of theater playbills who happens
to live in Connecticut and at one time actually worked at the Coachlight
Dinner Theatre for providing the images and information presented above.
However, the gentleman prefers to remain anonymous.