Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

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Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Opening night at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Oct. 1968
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres sign
Address: 501 78th Street W
Chanhassen, Minnesota
Carver County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1968
Historic Function: Theater/concert hall
Current Function: Theater/concert hall

Chanhassen Carver County

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota
(44.861177° N, 93.535259° WLatitude: 44°51′40.237″N
Longitude: 93°32′6.932″W

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre has been a center for musical theater in Minnesota since it opened in 1968.



The brainchild of Herbert and Carolyn Bloomberg, a builder/developer and interior designer, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres opened its doors on October 11, 1968 to bring the couple's love of Broadway to Minnesota.

After building the Old Log Theater in Excelsior in 1965, the Bloombergs became interested in owning a theater of their own. They hoped to build a theater where production quality was high and where everything from costumes to sets where produced locally. The result was a 500-seat theater, first known as the “The Frontier” when it opened in 1968.

Chanhassen's first production was “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” directed by founding artistic director, Gary Gisselman. At the time, Chanhassen was still a fairly rural town with a focus on farming and only a two-lane highway to get in and out of town and a population of only 4,200 in 1967. However, with the added draw of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the city began to develop and grow into a significant suburb of more than 20,000.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres still thrives today producing a wide range of musicals under artistic director Michael Brindisi, and is now owned by Chanhassen Theatres, LLC, a small group of employees and a local investment group.


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