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“Very nice theater”
Review of Chateau Theater

Chateau Theater
Ranked #15 of 50 things to do in Rochester
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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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very nice theater”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Movies star on time, elevated seating, food and wine...you can have usual movie fare plus a selection of entree type of food. Convenient location for people at mayo. Clean bathrooms. Good family environment.

Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Theater!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was a very nice theater. The seats are huge! There is a bar if you want to have a drink before your movie. I did not get anything from the snack bar, but it seemed very typical. We were there on a Friday night and spent less than $20 so it was a good value for me!

Visited April 2013
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Mobile, Alabama
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pretty Cool Place!”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Now a Barnes & Noble... It has really cool architecture and a nice atmosphere. It would definitely the best bookstore I have ever seen. I recommend a visit if you are a patient at mayo.

Visited December 2012
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Modesto, California
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578 reviews
252 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 537 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Historic Theater”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

I visited here one evening recently while staying in Rochester. Since it was nighttime, the theater marquee was lit up beautifully outside. The theater fronts a plaza with a very pretty fountain. Inside the theater, I was amazed at the decorative walls and ceilings; my information sheet noted that this was the best example of "atmospheric theater." The architecture is art deco and was built in 1927. The theater now houses a Barnes and Noble Book Store. On the second floor is a castle motif with balconies, turrets, windows, etc. built to resemble a 14th century French castle or chateau. The ceiling is a beautiful dark blue and is the original ceiling. The constellations of the stars used to be projected through the "sky" here. The theater presented plays, concerts, operas, silent and talking movies, as well as vaudeville. It would be wonderful to attend a show here if it was still an operating theater, but since I love book stores, I am glad that it is being used well. I would highly recommend a visit here. The building inside and out is lovely and historical and you can also browse all the books while there as well as visit a Starbucks cafe upstairs.

Visited September 2012
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Forest City, Iowa
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13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Historic decor make for a great experience”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

The fantasy motif of the decor makes for a fun experience.

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Thank Byron P
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