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Chateau Theater

Address: 15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55906
Phone Number: 507-288-3848
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Ranked #8 of 16 Activities in Rochester
Type: Theaters, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1927, the Chateau was one of the most elaborate theatres built in Rochester in the early...
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Type: Theaters, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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Gladstone
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Babbitt, Minnesota
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305 reviews 305 reviews
158 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
34 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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304 reviews 304 reviews
136 attraction reviews
247 helpful votes 247 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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19 reviews 19 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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