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Address: 15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55906
Phone Number: 507-288-3848
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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14 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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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Virginia, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It was refreshing to see an old building being renovated and reused rather than torn down for something new. The bookstore is the most unique I have ever seen. If you are downtown, stop by for a starbucks and a picture with this historic site.

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Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This old theatre has been turned into a two story bookstore. Very cool look to the place. Store connects to the walkway in dowtown Rochester. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something to do in Rochester.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Neat old theatre outside and inside, but regular Barnes and Noble inside. They would have done better NOT to build a second floor into this beautiful theatre. Nice to see, stop in if you are passing, but don't go out of your way.

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Barnes and Noble has done an excellent job re-purposing this old, small town theater, originally built in the 1920s. A lot of things had to give way to the needs of a retail bookseller, but a remarkable amount of the original interior has been preserved, including the box office and the original faux Turkish decoration. All the things you'd expect... More 

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