Updated: 03/23/2016 4:01 PM | Print Story |  Email

Good Company: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has a long history of providing talented actors a place to perform to perfect their craft. Loni Anderson and Amy Adams used to perform here. It has been around since in 1968. It was originally started by Herbert and Carolyn Bloomberg. They were huge fans of theater and loved seeing shows in New York on Broadway.

Today, it’s the United States’ biggest professional dinner theatre. The facility has grown in size since its start in the late 60’s. It’s more than 90,000 square feet. The theatre is their bread and butter, but over the last several years, it has grown into more of an entertainment complex. There are weddings and banquets, there’s a pub, a comedy club and a concert series. It’s the change in the mindset that has helped Chanhassen Dinner Theatres become profitable after years of losing money.

Six years ago, a group of investors and founders teamed up to buy the company. They started changing the types of musicals they were doing. They looked at more current titles. They also focused on getting families in the door. It worked.

The team also started investing in things that needed fixing. Most of it was what the public didn’t see behind the scenes, but today they are in the middle of a remodel and renovation to fix the things that patrons have been asking about for years. The lobby is different. So are the bathrooms. This is just the start. The updates will continue and the owners say spending and saving is what has helped them continue to grow, change and ultimately make money again.

There have been a lot of ups and downs, but Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is becoming a hot spot again. Emily sits down with two of the owners to talk about how and why their doing it.

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