“Delicious Food & Quality Theatre!”
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is committed to delighting its audiences and creating life-long memories with a high quality end-to-end theatre, dining, and service experience. Over 10 million guests have visited Chanhassen Dinner Theatres since it opened in 1968. Since that time, more than 220 productions have graced our stages. As our guests, your history with us continues to make our future possible. It began as a vision. Herbert and Carolyn Bloomberg lived in Chanhassen, a tiny, not-quite-yet –suburban-area outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 1965, the couple's interest in owning a theatre of their own began to take root as they were building the Old Log Theatre for Don Stoltz a few miles down the road in neighboring Excelsior. Herb and Carol loved their seasonal visits to New York and on every trip they'd always take in a number of Broadway shows. They began to toy with an idea, "Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a little bit of Broadway in Chanhassen?" They'd acquired a substantial plot of land in the heart of downtown Chanhassen, which at the time, consisted of a gas station, lumber yard, a supper club, a few homes, a farmyard and a cornfield. It was the perfect location to build their 90,000 square foot entertainment complex. And they had big dreams for what it would become. They combined their talents, Herb as a builder and developer, and Carol as an interior designer, and created what they called "The Frontier." The theatre opened on October 11, 1968. The finishing touches were being made up to the very last second! Diners attending on opening night reported they could smell the hint of fresh paint in the air and hear hammering going on backstage. The first play was How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. It was performed on the Main Stage and was directed by Founding Artistic Director Gary Gisselman. Chanhassen was also used as a filming location for the Coen Brothers' film, Fargo.
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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
- Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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