The Tustin Theatre was built in 1959 and was the first and only movie theatre in Tustin for many years. It was owned by Saul Mahler until 1976. He had previously been involved in the movie theatre business in the Los Angeles area with many of the well known theatre owners of the 30s and 40s.
In 1978 a group of producers raised capital from local business owners to remodel the building and covert it into a dinner theatre. The construction took about a year. The newly opened Cabaret Theatre was presented innovative and captivating performances of all the loved musicals for all ages for the local audiences for several years. In 1980 the Curtain Call group assumed the reins of the theatre and ran it successfully for approximately 25 years.
The building was in need of a complete makeover. In October of 2011 the property owner, with much encouragement from City of Tustin building officials, set out to completely renovate the theatre. Decorators, structural engineers, architects, electricians, plumbers, painters, all went to work in a frenzy of non-stop around the clock construction in an attempt to get the theatre open for a Christmas 2011 show. By some miracle of cooperation between all involved the theatre was able to open on December 6, 2011 with “‘Tis The Season”,a holiday tribute to all religions which celebrates the miraculous nature of life and regeneration.
Now the theatre could celebrate it’s own renewal. With dazzling chandeliers which rise when the shows begin, modeled after the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and an interior reminiscent of a 1940s nightclub, the Encore Theatre provides an entertainment and culinary experience unlike any other in Southern California. The current show which showcases some of the most popular big band swing hits of the late 30s and 40s draws the audience back to a time when patriotism was “in”, and the country was unified, things we need to rediscover and build on today. For this reason we have held the Big Band Swing Revue show over in to Summer in order to get the word and the message out to as many people as possible. That is who we are and that is what we are working for. Please tell all your friends and relatives to come and see the show and rediscover what this country is really all about.
Encore Dinner Theatre and Club is dedicated to providing quality food and entertainment to our customers with an emphasis on great value. We take pride in providing great customer service in a relaxed atmosphere. Our intentions for our patrons are, an experience that exceeds your expectations of the “usual” dinner and a show. We are pleased to have the opportunity to share the arts with you and we consider Encore Dinner Theatre to be the “crown jewel” of Tustin and all of Orange County!