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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.


darry evans

Saturday, June 16, 2018
I took my daughter to the father daughter ball today. What a tremendous experience 4 my daughter! The tickets were inexpensive and the staff was so kind. The Disney princesses were just amazing. A shout out to Genevieve. My phone died early n she took our photos and emailed them to me. Thanks so much!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018
I've only been here twice, but I thoroughly enjoyed both visits. I didn't think that I would, because I am a fan of heavy metal and rap music. I was pleasantly surprised though. It is not cheap, but it is worth every penny. Very professional show. Great food. Plan on dressing up and eating at a table with strangers though.

Keith Rasmussen

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Excellent food and drinks. This was my first time visiting and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the servers were able to get so many meals and drinks served before the show started. The play was good, actors did a good job and the story was interesting. All in all an experience I will definatly attend again.

Piya F.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
We used to come here mainly for Stevie Ray's but since some of the main cast members left, we haven't liked it as much. Now we go to the main dinner theater for shows a few times a year. Food is good, service is alright, but the shows are always amazing. Free parking in lot or ramp nearby.

James Adams

Saturday, June 30, 2018
My wife and I had a great time seeing Newsies here. The food was okay; don't expect anything out of this world. But the performance had a LOT of talent! Fantastic singing, dancing, and acting!

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