Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 West 78th Street
952-934-1500

History

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' founders, Herb and Carol Bloomberg, designed and constructed their 90,000 square foot entertainment complex where once stood a cornfield, some distance out of the metropolitan area. At the time, some people questioned Herb Bloomberg's sanity -- after all, who in his right mind would do such a thing? Who else but Herb Bloomberg, a true entrepreneurial visionary.

The Bloombergs' interest in owning a theatre blossomed in 1965, when the couple was building a new home for the Old Log Theater in Excelsior. Herb and Carol combined their talents along with their love for live theatre and decided to move forward with a building plan of their own. This was risky. Not only was the theatre located 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, but Bloomberg was opening a restaurant in combination, a venture subject to a high mortality rate even by today's standards.

Bloomberg's theatre opened on October 11, 1968, with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but it was rough going until the theatre scored a home run with A Flea in Her Ear in February 1970, followed by Fiddler on the Roof when audiences began attending in earnest. Then Bloomberg started tinkering. The 125 seat Dinner Playhouse was built. Less than a year later, the romantic musical comedy I Do! I Do! opened, a production that has gone down in the annals of theater history as being the longest-running musical with its original cast (it ran for 22 1/2 years). In 1973, a courtyard was enclosed to become another dinner theatre appropriately named The Courtyard, to accommodate 180. The Bronco Bar, part of the entertainment complex and a popular local hangout, fell subject to Bloomberg's restless hammer in 1978 to become yet another theatre space, The Bronco Opera House, now known as The Fireside, seating 230. In addition to the four existing dinner theatre spaces, Chanhassen features three banquet rooms and a ballroom used for weddings, banquets and business meetings.


Reviews

Jeff Heskin

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Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

We had a great time here seeing "Beauty and the Beast." The performance was great. The food was tasty. The facility is very nice. The service is great. The location is very convenient. Parking is easy and abundant. The only complaints I have is the price is a bit high $85/ticket/person but includes dinner and show but drinks and dessert are extra and this is at a table where the view is a bit obscured due to having to share a table with others and sit behind others. So, choose your seating position carefully if you want to make sure you aren't either right behind someone (but then you'll likely be blocking the person behind you). Even with that inconvenience I go again and again for other shows.

chandler slaton

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Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

I went thinking I would get a decent show and ok food. I was pleasantly surprised. The show was very good and entertaining. Even my teenage boys, two which don't like musicals, enjoyed it. The food was also very good. I had a fish dish, which I enjoyed completely. The service was excellent and pleasant. The seating was comfortable and their was enough room between tables. The angel in Grease has the best solo. Good show and quality food, I would go again.

G Oey

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Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Went to Sister Act. Good performance and good music. Unfortunately (I assume due to copyright) they couldn’t use any of the songs from the movie. Prime rib is $15 extra, but I thought it was worth it. All the food was pretty good.

Alan Harlow

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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Fantastic dinner and show. Enjoyed the evening with a good friend! Really nice experience; Sister Act is outrageously hilarious and enjoyable, I was totally impressed! The service is excellent, and dinner delicious!

Chris Benner

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Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Great place to see a theater show. Fun atmosphere, dinner included, and most seats have good sight lines. Not Broadway, but prices are good for the caliber of show you will see. Great for date night or go with family and friends.


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