Murder Mystery Dinner Theatres provide great entertainment for adventurous and inquisitive souls who enjoy solving a good mystery.

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Murder Mystery dinner theatres are a little hard to find. Mostly because in small towns, it is usually a local civic organization that hosts these audience participation events that are usually a fundraiser. As a result, tickets sell out quickly because these live shows are so much fun.

Large cities and tourist destinations tend to have a stand-alone murder mystery company. Atlanta and Savannah are two in Georgia where you will find The Dinner Detective, a five-star murder mystery company.

Check the calendar for your local small live theatre companies. They sometimes will host a murder mystery even though it isn’t a regular addition to their schedule but remember, these events sell out fast.

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Our current list of 11 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatres in Georgia includes those with regular and occasional performances.

Americus

The Windsor Hotel hosts an annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater every Spring. Originally built in 1892, this historic hotel will draw you in quickly. Their murder mystery dinner experience begins in the grand lobby and moves into the restaurant with a three-course dinner. Reservations required.

Georgia Southwestern University Dramatic Arts department provides the murder mystery acting with a new drama mystery every spring.

Murder Mystery dinner theater performers
Photo credit Windsor Hotel Americus, Ga. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre performance

Atlanta

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
photo courtesy Dinner Detective Facebook

The Dinner Detective is a very large interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show! You will solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. Everyone is fair game to be a part of the mystery. No costumes for the actors, they look just like you! Are you the killer? You could be!

The Dinner Detective has 5-star ratings on Facebook and Google.

Murder Mystery dinner poster

Petite Violette, a popular French restaurant is now home to the former all-star cast and crew of Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery from downtown Atlanta which has permanently closed.

Top-notch entertainment includes an outstanding four-course meal with the freshest ingredients, including a glass of wine. Entrees change seasonally with each show and you can visit the Petite Violette site for reservations.

Calhoun

The Calhoun Little Theatre and Harris Arts Center join to bring you an intriguing and tasty evening of murder and mystery. Several times throughout the year, you will find hilarious murder mysteries paired with a delicious three-course meal.

The Arts Center and Little Theatre are located in the historic old Rooker Hotel in downtown Calhoun. The original Rooker hotel was built around the turn of the century. The currently remodeled and beautifully restored Rooker Hotel sits in the heart of downtown.

Watch the calendar and buy your dinner theatre tickets early because these performances sell out fast.

Cordele

Take a day trip to Cordele and board the Sam Shortline Excursion Train. They host a Murder Mystery Dinner Show occasionally as you ride the rails on historic railroad cars.

Sam Shortline Excursion Train. Cordele, Ga.
Photo courtesy of Sam Shortline Facebook

An interactive murder mystery unfolds as you enjoy a delicious dinner while riding the rails in middle Georgia. Tickets vanish quickly once they go on sale for this unique entertainment.

Sam Shortline always has entertaining trips on their schedule with special events like Valentine’s dinner, Thomas the Train, Wine and Cheese, Touch A Train, Presidential Flyer which visits the hometown of President Jimmy Carter, Plains, Trains, and Fireworks, Candy Cane Express and more.

Jekyll Island

Once per year, usually in January, the Jekyll Island Club resort will host a spectacular interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. The meal is superb. Sometimes, these dinner shows are for one night only.

Be sure to visit their site in December or November for the events schedule before the tickets sell out.

Kingsland

The Georgia Coastal Railway plays host to the Murder Mystery Express on regular dates throughout the year. Even though this experience does not include dinner, I didn’t want you to miss this event if you are in the area.

The storyline changes on occasion but the fun never ends. Audience members will help to solve the murder. The story is set during the prohibition in the roaring ’20s, however, the story is subject to change occasionally.

Newnan

Newnan Theatre Company, Newnans only live theatre hosts an occasional murder mystery dinner event. By the end of the night, you will become a part of the show and help to solve the crime. Dinner will be catered by a local restaurant.

Newnan Theatre Company is a busy and active theatre with 8 live performances each season. They are located in beautiful downtown Newnan about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Perry

The Muse Theatre in downtown Perry recently opened after a very beautiful restoration of the historic building. Home to theatrical events including an occasional Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

Their first Murder Mystery dinner is scheduled for March of this year. Check their calendar of events for future events.

My husband and I attended their Christmas Musical at The Muse and had a great time. The ambiance was great. The singers/actors were fabulous. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the local talent. It was a fun night.

Porterdale

Newly reopened in early 2022, The Dinner Club Theatre in Porterdale has a wealth of experience with dinner and a live performance going back to 2008. Located just down the street from Covington Square and only a short 36 miles east of Atlanta, visiting The Dinner Club Theatre makes for a nice date night.

dining room at The Dinner Club Theatre in Porterdale, Ga.

The interactive live show is filled with humor to make the audience laugh. You will lose track of time as you try to figure out who-dunnit!

Enter through the grand lobby where you will find a cocktail bar before entering the dining room for a great night of fun.

Savannah

The Dinner Detective in Savannah. Yes, these are the same folks in Atlanta and they also have 5-star reviews in Savannah. They must be good at what they do.

The Dinner Detective performs a special brand of comedic murder mysteries that are interactive with actors dressed just like you. YOU could be in the show!

A recap of the 11 murder mystery dinner theatres in Georgia includes:

  1. Windsor Hotel Americus
  2. The Dinner Detective, Atlanta
  3. Petite Violette, Atlanta
  4. Harris Arts Center, Calhoun
  5. Sam Shortline Excursion Train, Cordele
  6. Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island
  7. Georgia Coastal Railway, Kingsland
  8. Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan
  9. The Muse Theatre, Perry
  10. The Dinner Club Theatre, Porterdale
  11. The Dinner Detective, Savannah

Book your tickets as soon as you see them advertised because these events tend to sell out fast. A murder mystery dinner show is a great date night event or staycation idea.

If you know of a location you’d like for us to include on this list, send the information via email to [email protected] or drop a note in the comments below.

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