Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre
In the early 60’s, The Barn Dinner Theatre was conceived and eventually became 27 locations during its heyday. The shows were cast in New York, then the cast would travel from one Barn Dinner Theatre to the next performing each show (as far as Texas & New Mexico)! To accommodate the actors, each theatre had living quarters upstairs that included kitchens, showers, and bedrooms. The cast members no longer reside on the property during the run of a show. The casts in the early days actually waited on the tables, then rushed to get ready for the show. And while the staff and actors no longer wait tables, it is not unusual to see any of our team helping out wherever needed—waiting tables, hosting, kitchen duty, or vacuuming the lobby! As the decades went by, many of the locations were closed or sold off. Today Chaffin’s Barn and The Barn in Greensboro, NC are the only remaining properties from the original chain.
Chaffin’s Barn was owned and operated by Chaffin family members John and Janie Chaffin until January 1, 2017 when they retired after 50 Years. A gala retirement party was held on January 18th with over 400 in attendance and well wishes from actors literally all over the world. It seems the real legacy of Chaffin’s Barn is the first start and opportunities that the actors have enjoyed while performing at Chaffin’s Barn. It is in fact the quality of talent that has kept the Barn going all of these years and many of the staff and actors remain to this day.
Under new ownership since January 1, 2017, the Barn has retained its original charm while making upgrades to the facilities, shows, and buffet menu. Led by a team of professional actors and staff, the Barn continues to thrive and expects record crowds this year. Truly the Barn has been and will always be THE ACTORS BARN! Watch for upcoming events!