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Chateau Theater

15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55906
507-288-3848
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Ranked #8 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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Lenexa, Kansas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
34 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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302 reviews 302 reviews
134 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
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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Rochester, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I remember this theater when it was downtown. We have taken our grand kids multiple times. They love the dragon in the entryway! Anyway, it is staffed by friendly people and close to where we live which is a plus! Can't beat popcorn and a movie in a theater (even tho it is spendy but concessions always are)

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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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