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Beautiful old theater

Love visiting this old theater, now bookstore, with each yearly visit to Rochester. A must stop for... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2014
Patricia C
Chateau Theater

What was once a beautiful theater, is now a beautiful bookstore! The atmosphere is perfect for... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2013
Rochester, Minnesota
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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
15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
+1 507-288-3848
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Reviewed July 5, 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.

Thank Patricia C
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.

Thank danaknaak
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.

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...More

1  Thank TracyMPLS
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...More

Thank uffdabaybee
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...More

1  Thank LilysueCEO
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 .

Thank Haider R
Reviewed September 3, 2013

A Barnes & Nobles in an historic vaudeville theater. It is just wonderful to look around and see the decor. AND then there are all the books!

Thank Anda O
Reviewed July 29, 2013

While other reviews here are about the modern Chateau Theaters at a strip mall location, this review is of the one pictured at 15 1st St. SW. This is a classic theater of the 1920's that has been converted to a Barnes and Noble book...More

1  Thank Arden S
Reviewed July 29, 2013

What was once a beautiful theater, is now a beautiful bookstore! The atmosphere is perfect for browsing with a coffee in hand.

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