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Chateau Theater

15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55906
507-288-3848
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Ranked #6 of 24 attractions in Rochester
Type: Theaters, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Built in 1927, the Chateau was one of the most elaborate theatres built in Rochester in the early 1900s. The exterior sunburst design marquee is lit... more » Owner description: Built in 1927, the Chateau was one of the most elaborate theatres built in Rochester in the early 1900s. The exterior sunburst design marquee is lit with 636 light bulbs. Its unique French Village decor includes interior balconies and turrets and, on the ceiling, stars in the night sky. Refurbished in 1994, this elegant old theatre now houses a Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Starbucks Cafe. « less
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Damascus
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Love visiting this old theater, now bookstore, with each yearly visit to Rochester. A must stop for us each time. It has been beautifully preserved and it serving another form of entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A treasure even if you don't read. Inside and outside architecture like no other. Another free attraction in Rochester, MN. Don't miss the ceiling, if you don't look up, you missed the whole experience.

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South Bend, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Interesting use of space of a former movie theater. Nice just to see what has been preserved, especially on the second floor.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The original film projection booth sits above the second floor balcony, hidden behind the giant Barnes & Noble mural. The theatre's historic decorative side walls — replicate an early French (Normandy) village. The castle, with 40 balconies and 20-foot-high (6.1 m) turrets, resembles a 10th-century French castle (chateau). Children and adults will love it!

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I went to this Theatre when it really was a theater (I am 49 years old), I remember sitting in the theater seats before the movie started and staring at the stars in the ceiling, and looking at the "castle walls" . Barnes and Noble Bookstore is there now and they have retained the beauty of the building inside and... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This bookstore is located in a beautiful old theatre and it is a great place to buy magazines, books, gifts or have a snack at their food center. It is a relaxing environment to just wander and read titles or look at magazines. It is one of my favorite places to vist.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's one of the amazing view you can experience for history, reading a book and have your favourit coffee from near by Starbucks . We all enjoy it .

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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A Barnes & Nobles in an historic vaudeville theater. It is just wonderful to look around and see the decor. AND then there are all the books!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

While other reviews here are about the modern Chateau Theaters at a strip mall location, this review is of the one pictured at 15 1st St. SW. This is a classic theater of the 1920's that has been converted to a Barnes and Noble book store, which is itself worth a visit. The current tenant has retained what were the... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What was once a beautiful theater, is now a beautiful bookstore! The atmosphere is perfect for browsing with a coffee in hand.

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