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“Great Bookstore”
Review of Chateau Theater

Chateau Theater
Ranked #14 of 52 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.
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77 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Bookstore”
Reviewed 25 November 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 one of my favorite places to vist.

Visited November 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing view”
Reviewed 25 November 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 .

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful repurposing”
Reviewed 3 September 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!

Visited August 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A Classic repurposed”
Reviewed 29 July 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 store, which is itself worth a visit. The current tenant has retained what were the old walls and ceiling of the original theater, designed to make one feel as if he/she is inside the atrium of a medieval castle. The ceiling is lighted like the night sky, with stars twinkling overhead. Even the ticket booth and concessions stands, now check-out counters, are left as they were in the original theater. The location is on Peace Plaza and connects to the skyway system of downtown Rochester and Mayo Clinic. Because it's one of the few remaining classic theater interiors, It's worth a stop even if you are not looking for a book to read!

Visited July 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Chateau Theater”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

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

Visited May 2013
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