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Address: 15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55906
Phone Number: 507-288-3848
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Description: Built in 1927, the Chateau was one of the most elaborate theatres built in...
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.
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Barnes and Noble has left and the theater has returned.

We went all through the theater when it was still a bookstore in 2014. It was lovely and I could visualized the theater of my childhood. So ornate, how the theater goers of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I just went to a movie here and i have to say i love the recliner seating! WOW I will never go to another theater.

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Cape Coral
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went all through the theater when it was still a bookstore in 2014. It was lovely and I could visualized the theater of my childhood. So ornate, how the theater goers of the past must have enjoyed such beautiful surroundings. The theater now has movie posters in the window for upcoming events. Located in the lovely Peace Plaza it... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I have a lot of back problems so I often wait until movies come out on DVD so that I can watch the movie on my own comfortable furnisher. Thanks to Chateau's incredibly comfortable reclining seats, I've turned into quite the movie fanatic! The atmosphere is great, the prices are ridiculous but not unlike the other top theatre in town.... More 

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Love the reclining seats its amazing. Push the button and you fully recline with seat rest too! Even got a bar grab a wine or a cocktail on the weekend and enjoy!

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Close location to the hotel we were staying at. The theater itself was very nice with the traditional offerings (popcorn was good - which is important). Seats were comfortable. Had the most current movies and plenty of large screens vs. the smaller screen suites.

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Hibbing, Minnesota, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This was one of my FAVORITE spots to be when had Mayo appointments. It's such a shame to be gone!! I sincerely hope they put something unique in there...not a Walgreens or something!!! (No offense Walgreens, I just don't want you in this building.)

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chicago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This used to be a wonderful old fashion interior movie theater. Then Barnes and Nobel bought it. The bookstore was excellent, connected via skyway to the Mayo Clinic, hotels, shops and restaurants. There was a coffee bar in the bookstore. Last month, the entire store was shuttered. It had gone the way of the dodo because of online book buying.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The outside is nice and brings back the 50's until you go inside... Then you are in Barnes and Noble. Seriously I don't know why this book store is an attraction.

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Gladstone
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Chateau Theater closed Dec. 31, 2014. We enjoyed shopping here whenever we had appointments at Mayo Clinic. There's another Barnes and Noble store in the Apache Mall, but it won't be the classy place this store was.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This used to be a theater and is now a Barnes and noble. It is really nice to look at and a really good place to study. There is free WiFi and a Starbucks inside! Also, it is part of the skyway system. 😃

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