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

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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Future uncertain but I hope it gets saved

This was originally opened in 1927 as a silent movie theater then it adapted to the talkies. It ended up as a Barnes and Noble bookstore but they pulled out suddenly in 2014... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Michael B
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Tioga ND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the comfy, large reclining seats!! Clean establishment and good choices for snacks including beer and wine.

Thank 484tracip
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

as of may 2016 it appeared closed and there was no info displayed on the outside. Sign is illuminated at night and makes for a nice backdrop for pictures. The little plazza in front has a fountain with benches where you see Mayo staff and visitors taking their lunch on nicer days.

Thank pesheff
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I really like this former theater, turned bookstore, turned who knows what is next. I never knew this building as a theater, but when it was a B & N Bookstore I enjoyed perusing books while I admired the very unique and decorative interior of this former theater. I could just imagine the shows that used to be put on... More 

Thank traveltheworld012
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

This is my favorite theatre in Rochester. I don't need all the frills of a bar and restaurant in the theatre. Keep the prices down and let me see a movie.

Thank Tony K
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I went to this theater as a child- it was always so magical- can't wait to see what they will do with it now- you can view the outside- I don't think the inside is open at the current time.

Thank P R
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The last tenant for this building was Barnes and Noble. The city has since bought the building and is contemplating next steps for Destination Medical Center (DM)

2 Thank pjk1124
Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This was a great place to visit when it was a Barnes and Noble bookstore. You can probably only see the outside now.

Thank Janet F
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This facility was changed into a bookstore but was closed in 2014. A Rochester, MN moves toward Destination Medical Center this facility will reopen for a new purpose.

1 Thank DrMarkES
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This was originally opened in 1927 as a silent movie theater then it adapted to the talkies. It ended up as a Barnes and Noble bookstore but they pulled out suddenly in 2014. Their concrete first (USA second) floor is still in situ but apparently it could be removed to restore the whole space. It's art-deco is beautiful. I'm not... More 

1 Thank Michael B
Cape Coral
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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 

Thank Karen H

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