The Gaslight Theatre has been entertaining Tucson since November of 1977…and it is still one of Tucson’s most beloved entertainment destinations!
It all started as the brainchild of Tony Terry, a UA student, who rounded up a gang of his friends and headed to Alaska one summer, where the group formed their own drama troupe. They apparently missed the desert sunshine, though, because they headed back to Tucson the following autumn and began operating the infant Gaslight Theatre out of an old red barn in Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road. Soon, The Gaslight began to outgrow the old red barn. After moving twice, The Gaslight Theatre finally ended up at their current location in 1990, where they renovated the building and added on Little Anthony’s Diner.
Since the beginning, The Gaslight Theatre has charmed Tucson with hilarious melodrama spoofs for the entire family. Featuring both old and new popular songs, performances by a talented cast, a delicious diner-style menu, and free popcorn on every table, The Gaslight Theatre will have you and your kids doubled over with laughter.
Where is The Gaslight Theatre located?
The Gaslight Theatre sits on the corner of Broadway and Kolb at 7010 E Broadway Boulevard in East Tucson.
What are the hours?
Box office hours are:
- Monday – Thurdsay: 10:00am – 9:00pm
- Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm
- Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Other than for shows, The Gaslight Theatre is generally not open to the public.
What kind of shows can I see at The Gaslight Theatre?
The vast majority of The Gaslight Theatre’s shows are their own hilarious spoofs. Typically, the Gaslight has 5 mainstage melodrama shows per year. You can check out the current show here. And upcoming shows here.
The Gaslight also puts on a themed concert on almost every Monday night of the year. Whether you love the music of the 50’s or you just can’t get enough of mariachi music, Gaslight will have a concert for you. See the line-up of upcoming concerts here.
How much does it cost?
An adult show ticket is $20.95 before tax, but The Gaslight Theatre offers discounts for children ($10.95), seniors ($18.95), students ($18.95), and members of our military ($18.95). Season tickets are also available – see six shows for the price of five!
A typical adult ticket for a Monday night concert is $21.95, but, again, The Gaslight offers discounts!
Lap-sitting babies (2 and under) are always free
What is the parking situation?
The Gaslight Theatre sits in a paved parking lot of over 200 parking spaces. You should always be able to find a spot.
What should I wear?
The Gaslight Theatre, like the rest of Tucson, is typically pretty casual, but you are also welcome to dress up.
What should I bring with me?
You should bring cash or your credit card and your phone/camera. The Gaslight has several photo cutouts of past and present characters in front of the theatre. Fun photo opps for the whole family!
Can I take photos in the building and/or during the performances?
You can take photos, but flash photography and video are not permitted during performances.
Are bathrooms available?
Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?
Does The Gaslight Theatre have a restaurant?
Yes! Little Anthony’s Diner sits in the same building as The Gaslight Theatre. You can even enter the theatre through the diner! This fun 50s-themed diner is completely family-friendly. You can relax and enjoy a well-priced classic American sandwich, salad, or pizza while your kids play in Little Anthony’s vintage arcade area. Little Anthony’s Diner is a fabulous dining choice before or after seeing a show at The Gaslight.
Browse the full Little Anthony’s menu here.
What if we get hungry during the show?
The Gaslight has you covered! During the show, you will be able to order delicious diner favorites from one of The Gaslight’s friendly wait-staff. From sandwiches and pizzas to milkshakes and pie slices (a la mode), you will never need to go hungry at The Gaslight. Ordering is not obligatory, but it definitely adds to the experience.
Note that The Gaslight supplies all tables with complimentary popcorn throughout the entire show!
Can you tell me more about this pizza?
We’re glad you asked! At Little Anthony’s Diner and The Gaslight Theatre, you can order Grandma Tony’s Pizza, which comes in three different sizes. Prices range from $10 to $17, with nine unlimited toppings and several more to choose from as well.
BABIES & KIDS
Are Gaslight Theatre shows appropriate for kids? Is there an age limit?
Every show is family-friendly! Kids love the melodrama shows and really get into yay-ing for the good guy and boo-ing for the bad guy. Kids are even welcome to come in costume. Feel free to stick around after curtain call to get a photo with the cast too.
*Note that mainstage shows are approximately two hours in length so it may be a bit long for a toddler to sit through.
Should I bring a stroller?
You probably don’t need to bring a stroller since walking will be minimal and the space is not very big. Plus, a stroller might be difficult to fit around some of the tables in the theatre.
Are changing tables available in the restrooms?
Yes. The bathrooms are a tight squeeze.
Can I plan a party at The Gaslight Theatre?
Yes! The Gaslight Theatre is available for special events, meetings, and presentations.
Is The Gaslight Theatre active on social media?
Is there anything else I need to know before I go?
That’s about it. Have a blast!