Eat Dinner and Watch a Show at Chanhassen Dinner Theater

By: Doug Schlette


The first dinner theater in the USA opened in 1962 and audiences have been flocking to them ever since. Minnesota's Chanhassen dinner theater opened its doors six years later, and today is celebrating it's 40th anniversary. Through the year top notch plays are hosted there.
The theater isn't just a single room. The 90,000 square foot complex boasts multiple theaters and dining rooms. The largest room is the Main Dinner Theater. The capacity is 541 people. That doesn't sound like a lot for a theater, but consider this includes tables and booths where meals are served along with the stage performance. The complex includes other theater rooms such as the Playhouse Theater and Fireside Theater. There is also a Director's Room which overlooks the Main Dinner Theater in what is this facility's version of a sports stadium sky box . Private parties take place in the Main Dinner Theater where people can also watch the play from above the room. Weddings are frequently held in the many dining facilities, and people love to visit the lounge and pub.
Speaking of the Playhouse Theater, this smaller room has a unique history of its own. 'I Do! I Do!' began showing there in 1971. The show continued until 1993. A 22 year run is one thing, but the original cast was involved from the first to the last performances. 125 patrons at a time, over 700,000 people made Chanhassen famous by seeing that play there.
Over the years some of the most well known plays have had their run at Chanhassen. From May of 2003 to June of 2004 Sound of Music played a repeat performance there. Also shown have been Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and a lot more. They all showed in the main theater. Some of the other rooms have their share of well known titles like The Sunshine Boys and On Golden Pond. As the titles show, everything from big productions to smaller pieces show at Chanhassen. It's one of the highlights of the Twin Cities because there's a play for everyone.
The Chanhassen Dinner Theater is a fun place to visit whether you happen to be in town, or even as a destination in itself. There are a number of excellent hotels and bead and breakfasts in the area to accommodate the traveler. You can find out more information about this historic dinner theater at the Chanhassen's website.

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