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Chateau Theater

15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
+1 507-288-3848
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Old made new.

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

Reviewed 14 December 2014
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Very cool bookstore!

This old theatre has been turned into a two story bookstore. Very cool look to the place. Store... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2014
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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, 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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible11%
21 Aug 2017
“The "Comfy Seats" theater”
15 Feb 2017
“My favorite”
15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
+1 507-288-3848
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Reviewed 14 December 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 14 December 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 13 September 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 1 September 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 27 August 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

Thank CDHRoch
Reviewed 6 July 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 1 July 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 7 May 2014

Interesting use of space of a former movie theater. Nice just to see what has been preserved, especially on the second floor.

Reviewed 23 March 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 5 January 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
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