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Chanhassen - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 West 78th Street


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.


Tara Cormican

Sunday, March 18, 2018
I have been going to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre shows since I was about 10-years-old and I have never been disappointed! Great shows and delicious food. From the wait staff to the actors, and from the hosts to the announcer, everything and everyone is the highest quality! Worth every penny we pay to come!

Vanessa McGinn

Monday, March 5, 2018
Saw Hello Dolly a few years back- it was amazing. Just came back for Sister Act and loved it. We do the dinner plus show tickets the food is always tasty and reasonably priced - service was a little rough our recent visit but our waitress made up for it by being upfront about having a rough day- who can't understand that. The actors and actresses are wonderful the service is good and I would definitely reccomend this venue for catching a show

Dr. Raye Taylor

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
First visit was spectacular! It was a traditional dinner theater setting. Food was pretty good, service was good. The stage/set was a-maze-ing! The show, well fantastic, we saw Sister Act, what a great company, you can tell they had fun! Musicians were perfectly placed and were seamless. Thanks for the experience, would definitely recommend to all ages and families.


Thursday, March 15, 2018
The food was delightful! The show was also amazing. But most of all, the highlight of my experience was Hot Guy Tom the waiter. He might have been a little problematic at times, but his face made up for anything that might have gone wrong. He may have forgotten the hot water for our tea a few times, but it was alright because he was hotter than the water ever could have been. 5 Stars.

Dave Pagel

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
The shows are good and the food is okay. The setup can be a bit wonky depending on your seat, but I would have no idea on how to improve it. My neck was a bit stiff sitting on the side of a booth. The salads are premixed, so asking to not have olives for the Mediterranean salad is a no go. For the price? It's a pretty good deal for a live show and a meal. I think I'd rather spend a bit more and get some higher quality food and a more show where I don't have to strain my neck.

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