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Chateau Theater

15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55906
507-288-3848
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Ranked #4 of 23 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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Edgar, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Seats were comfortable, popcorn fresh and sound/picture quality excellent. Often movie theaters are somewhat cold for my wife, but the air temp was just right.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Movies star on time, elevated seating, food and wine...you can have usual movie fare plus a selection of entree type of food. Convenient location for people at mayo. Clean bathrooms. Good family environment.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This was a very nice theater. The seats are huge! There is a bar if you want to have a drink before your movie. I did not get anything from the snack bar, but it seemed very typical. We were there on a Friday night and spent less than $20 so it was a good value for me!

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