Get the Popcorn
After being tossed out of its Dallas home in 2021 — where it had presented melodramas, musicals, and family entertainment for more than three decades — Pocket Sandwich Theatre has not only found its new home but announced its grand re-opening date.
This mainstay of the Dallas theater community for the past 42 years has relocated to Historic Downtown Carrollton at 1104 Elm St. It will raise the curtain and welcome audiences for the 40th annual production of Ebenezer Scrooge beginning Friday, November 25, and running through December 23.
Tickets are already selling briskly, say owner Shanon Dickinson and partners Brad Dickinson, Jeff Vance, Nick Haley, and Kim Winnubst.
“We’ve dealt with construction delays, supply chain issues, and the inevitable challenges of transforming a historical building into a code-compliant space with modern-day conveniences, but we know our loyal patrons are going to love the new space," says Shanon Dickinson. "Audience members will still enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that we’re known for, but they will also see improvements in our ticketing/seating, an expanded menu, upgraded restrooms, and ample nearby parking. We’ve put a lot of thought and planning into this move to ensure a great experience for patrons, actors, and employees. We’re putting the final touches on everything, so we can’t wait for our opening!”
Widely known for their popcorn-tossing melodramas, the venue is also a haven for improvisation troupes, musical entertainers, stand-up comics, and local playwrights to showcase their talents. Late-night shows ranging from drag to movie sing-alongs were also popular.
Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s roots go back to 1980 in a small sandwich shop on Lower Greenville Avenue, when friends Rodney Dobbs and Joe Dickinson had an idea to bring back the artform of melodrama. The idea worked and as its popularity grew, the group moved to a new larger space on Mockingbird Lane and Central Expressway in 1990.
In 2020, the complex was sold amid the challenges of the pandemic. The City of Carrollton reached out, expressing interest in bringing the group to their area.
Ebenezer Scrooge will feature expanded show dates as Christmas approaches. The show is written by Joe Dickinson with music by Laurie Tirmenstein and additional lyrics by Rodney Dobbs.
For show info, ticketing, and reservations, visit www.pocketsandwich.com.