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Cool bookstore

This used to be a theater and is now a Barnes and noble. It is really nice to look at and a really... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2014
Adeel Z
via mobile
Old made new.

It was refreshing to see an old building being renovated and reused rather than torn down for... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2014
JesseWhite
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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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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...more
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15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
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Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

This was one of my FAVORITE spots to be when had Mayo appointments. It's such a shame to be gone!! I sincerely hope they put something unique in there...not a Walgreens or something!!! (No offense Walgreens, I just don't want you in this building.)

Thank Kate A
Reviewed April 4, 2015

This used to be a wonderful old fashion interior movie theater. Then Barnes and Nobel bought it. The bookstore was excellent, connected via skyway to the Mayo Clinic, hotels, shops and restaurants. There was a coffee bar in the bookstore. Last month, the entire store...More

2  Thank durgaChicago
Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

The outside is nice and brings back the 50's until you go inside... Then you are in Barnes and Noble. Seriously I don't know why this book store is an attraction.

Thank Alan W
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.

Thank fwork
Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

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. 😃

Thank Adeel Z
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.

Thank JesseWhite
Reviewed December 13, 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.

2  Thank JH1531
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.

Thank Garfypj
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,...More

Thank OtherMountainDude
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...More

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