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Address: 15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
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+1 507-288-3848

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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In my opinion, this is the best theater in town. They have now added reclining seats. At every screen I believe, too. When you go, it looks like an old time theater from outside... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Chatfield, Minnesota
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good movie, buttered popcorn and a revliner!!!!!what more could you ask for. Reasonably priced 7.00 for a senior citizen!!!

Thank Rosalie S
Chatfield, Minnesota
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

In my opinion, this is the best theater in town. They have now added reclining seats. At every screen I believe, too. When you go, it looks like an old time theater from outside, inside though, you have the modern things you expect at a movie theater.

2 Thank sep780
Boulder, Colorado
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Chateau has inspired numerous quests to save it. It is really special to the people of Rochester and when you visit, you'll see why. There's something magical about it.

Thank Arielf3773
Tioga ND
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 July 2016

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

Thank 484tracip
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 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 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 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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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 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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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 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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14 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 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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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 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

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