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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Columbus

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours

From $49.17

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Columbus -- Enjoy an evening at central Ohio's original murder mystery dinner theatre!

Now Playing: SPYBALLS - As a guest at the 50th Annual Spy Ball, you can help Agent 000113 solve an evil plan.

Now Playing: SOCK HOP HOMICIDE - A 1950s-themed murder mystery.

These shows are rated PG-13.

Join this event for an evening of laughter and great food!

Departure Time:

7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday
(Additional shows on Wednesdsay and Thursday during Valentine's week)

Time noted is when the doors open for seating. The show begins 60 minutes after doors open. See Show Schedule for specific dates for each show.

Show Schedule

Set at Mountain Valley High School, located one mile from a "not so secret" secret military base, where strange things seem to happen all the time. When the Principal is a victim of a horrible accident, a detective is called in to investigate, and with the help of Julia June Dewlop (freshman and junior detective), they try to solve the crime...and then another...and then another! All this occurs while trying to have a dance contest, crown the Homecoming King & Queen and keep the party going.
January: 24, 31
February: 7, 15, 21, 28
March: 7, 14, 22, 28
April: 4, 11, 19, 25
May: 2, 9, 17, 23, 30

Spyballs! Death of a Secret Agent is set at the annual ball of SHHH International. This interactive murder mystery spoof has double agents, a car chase, animal human hybrids and a plot to take over the world!
January: 25
February: 8, 12, 13, 14, 22
March: 1, 8, 15, 21, 29
April: 5, 12, 18, 26
May: 3, 10, 16, 24

Child Policy

The theatre restricts admittance to age 13 or older. Performances are comparable to 10:00 pm network television (PG-13), and written for adults - no nudity, but there is innuendo, suggestive language, and of course, murder.

(subject to change)

Served Salad
447 House Salad: Mixed greens with tomatoes, bacon, red onions, home-made croutons, egg and Shanes' famous 447 salad dressing

Herb Roasted Chicken
Baked Pesto Ziti Pasta
Slow Cooked Sliced Beef Au Jus
Rosemary Raosted Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Rice Pilaf

Creamy Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberry Coulis
Fruit Salad (by request)

Coffee, hot tea and iced tea will be served throughout the evening.
Freshly baked Sourdough Rolls will be served at the table.
Cash bar available.


1. What time do your dinners normally finish?

Between 9:30 and 10:30 pm, depending upon the size of the house.

2. Is there a dress code?

Yes! You have to dress as a bunny. Just kidding. Seriously, many of our guests dress casual, and others dress up.

3. Will there be a bar available?

You betcha!

4. How often do you change shows?

About every six months.

Some Other Themes:

Hollywood Homicide -

The year is 1939. While Hollywood is abuzz with the making of "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz," volatile French director Wilfred DeLight is making a new film entitled "The Blue Swank." Set in a ritzy nightclub, the film features handsome movie star, Frederick Roland, and his tipsy wife, fading diva Vivien Barrett. Freddy & Viv are battling again as the new kid in town, vixen May Baldwin, tries to steal Vivien's thunder...and her husband! You may be chosen to play an "extra" in the "movie." You may also become a suspect when someone ends up dead! You'll hopefully help unravel this "Hollywood Homicide."

Killing Mr. Withers -

Imagine yourself on a bus tour bound for Las Vegas. The tour guide has lost the way, and you are stranded in Death Valley. The only building in sight is the Last Chance Pump & Grill. You stop for directions and a quick bite to eat but you stay for murder mystery and a four-course dinner. As you step into the Last Chance, you are greeted with a meat cleaver by the chef and owner, Kurt; his unhappily-married wife and waitress, Veronica; and the well-muscled gas station attendant, Jack.
The mystery begins to unfold with a visit form an Albanian hit-man named Boris, his partner, Natasha, and their "quiet" friend, Mr. Withers. You hear rumors about an abandoned silver mine in the area. Tensions build when Sheriff Weaver arrives on the scene asking questions about the disappearance of a young man last seen at the Last Chance. As the evening progresses, more than one dead (or almost dead) body turns up, and Sheriff Weaver turns to you for help.

Marriage Can Be Murder -

Drew Nardo must get married before he turns 30 or he won't inherit his late grandfather's millions. The lucky bride is Rachel Levine, a woman he "fell in love with" only days before. You and the whole Nardo family are cordially invited to witness the ceremony. There you will meet Drew's pill-popping mom, Helen, who is vehemently opposed to the marriage; his father, Anthony, who is haunted by a terrible secret; and his brother, Roger (or one of his alternate personalities). The plot thickens when the bride's evil twin sister, Ruth, arrives unexpectedly. Bodies start dropping like flies before the vows are even taken, and the Nardos may need your help to find a murderer.

A Deadly Briefcase -

A mystery spoof of the James Bond films. Originally performed on board the real QE 2, the setting for this mystery is the club room of the famous ocean liner as it sails for Bermuda in 1962. Bobby is a man with the brain of a ten-year-old who likes to pretend he is Sherlock Holmes. His sister, Tammy, is taking him along on her vacation when they stumble across a locked briefcase, a woman with amnesia, two Romanian spies, and a high school sweetheart of Tammy's named Bruce Bond who fights with his arch enemy James Lee. It's up to the vacationing Detective Ellery Chan - grandson of the famous Charlie Chan - to sort out this case of international intrigue with the aid of the audience.

Murder in the Heirs -

A will reading during a thunderstorm can be so delicious! Everyone at Hogshead Manor is anxiously awaiting the reading of Henry Hogshead's will. Did old Hank leave some of his millions to you as one of his faithful servants? Or did he leave it to his long-suffering wife, Zinnia, or his spoiled daughter, Penelope, or his beautiful French mistress, Yvette? Maybe the heir to the Hogshead fortune will be a surprise arrival from Henry's past! To whom does that ghostly voice belong, and why is it haunting us now? Did the curse of the pendant of Pashawar claim yet another victim tonight or is there simply...Murder in the Heirs?

You Only Die Twice -

You Only Die Twice - Things just aren't looking good in the The Afterlife. St. Peter's gate is locked and no one knows why...including St. Peter. Self-appointed "Dame of the Dead", Roberta, and her assistant, Tessa, tirelessly try to maintain order amidst the chaos, which may or may not have anything to do with Damien, a representative of The Afterlife's notorious south side. Then there's Lucky, a man now living among the dead. Is it merely a coincidence, or could it be the start of an even bigger mystery? Interrogate members of The Afterlife's service team, including Moiselle, the proprietor of a heavenly house of sin and Harvey, the maintenance man, as you witness (or take part in) a dramatic re-enactment that could help restore order, and determine your final destination.

Murder at the Abilene Saloon -

Murder at the Abilene Saloon - It's a big to-do at the old Abilene Saloon as world-famous entertainer Libby Crabstree is coming to town. But tension runs high as everyone seems to have it in for really, really bad guy Estes Charlemagne. That includes lusty saloon owner Miss Molly, addle-brained western sidekick Happy Robitussel, clumsy cowgirl Accidental Jane, and that likeable, young, science-oriented gunfighter - the Doppler Kid. When murder raises its ugly tinhorn head, it's up to famous western hero legend, Trale Horner, who comes with his own theme song to save the day, or at least part of the celebratory dinner. Can you help Trale figure out who's a'doin' what ta who, and why, and how?

Hotel pick ups are not included. MINIMUM AGE IS 13. Price is per person and includes tax, but not gratuity. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 1-800-745-1925.


Hotel pick ups are not included. MINIMUM AGE IS 13. Price is per person and includes tax, but not gratuity. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 1-800-745-1925.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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