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

We stayed in Rochester for one night on our way home. When looking out our hotel window saw the Chateau! We enjoyed a much needed night out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Tigger49_13
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I hate the reserved seating. We arrived early but the only seats left were right in the front so we had to view the movie from an uncomfortable angle, even with the reclining seats. The theater was really dark before the movie started so it was difficult seeing where our seats were. This resulted in some confusion when people rushed... More 

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Thank Brandon B
Rochester, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The reclining seats make this the best theater experience in Rochester. All digital video and audio provide optimal movie experience!

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Thank IveBeenThere2015
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in Rochester for one night on our way home. When looking out our hotel window saw the Chateau! We enjoyed a much needed night out.

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Thank Tigger49_13
minnesota
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Love the new recliners. Not so sure about having to reserve seating online ahead of time though. Putting your own butter on popcorn a plus!

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Thank co27
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This theatre has incredibly plush, comfortable reclining seats, and all seats are by reservation. The only issue you'll have is you'll be tempted to fall asleep.

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Thank Peter Damian L
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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.

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Thank P R
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Excellent theater! Movie screen and audio are of the highest quality. The New recliners are fantastic! Staff is helpful and the place is uber clean.

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Thank iMajik
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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)

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1 Thank pjk1124
Rochester, Minnesota
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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.

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Thank Janet F
Rochester, Minnesota
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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.

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