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Chateau Theater

15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
+1 507-288-3848
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Fairy tale theater

This was a great place to visit when it was a Barnes and Noble bookstore. You can probably only see... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
Janet F
Lethbridge, Canada

This facility was changed into a bookstore but was closed in 2014. A Rochester, MN moves toward... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2015
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, 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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible11%
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“bookstore” (18 reviews)
“movie” (8 reviews)
15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
+1 507-288-3848
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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
Reviewed 14 October 2015

This facility was changed into a bookstore but was closed in 2014. A Rochester, MN moves toward Destination Medical Center this facility will reopen for a new purpose.

1  Thank DrMarkES
Reviewed 7 October 2015

This was originally opened in 1927 as a silent movie theater then it adapted to the talkies. It ended up as a Barnes and Noble bookstore but they pulled out suddenly in 2014. Their concrete first (USA second) floor is still in situ but apparently...More

1  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 29 August 2015

We went all through the theater when it was still a bookstore in 2014. It was lovely and I could visualized the theater of my childhood. So ornate, how the theater goers of the past must have enjoyed such beautiful surroundings. The theater now has...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 14 May 2015 via mobile

This was one of my FAVORITE spots to be when had Mayo appointments. It's such a shame to be gone!! I sincerely hope they put something unique in there...not a Walgreens or something!!! (No offense Walgreens, I just don't want you in this building.)

Thank Kate A
Reviewed 4 April 2015

This used to be a wonderful old fashion interior movie theater. Then Barnes and Nobel bought it. The bookstore was excellent, connected via skyway to the Mayo Clinic, hotels, shops and restaurants. There was a coffee bar in the bookstore. Last month, the entire store...More

2  Thank durgaChicago
Reviewed 23 February 2015 via mobile

The outside is nice and brings back the 50's until you go inside... Then you are in Barnes and Noble. Seriously I don't know why this book store is an attraction.

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 12 January 2015

The Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Chateau Theater closed Dec. 31, 2014. We enjoyed shopping here whenever we had appointments at Mayo Clinic. There's another Barnes and Noble store in the Apache Mall, but it won't be the classy place this store was.

Thank fwork
Reviewed 20 December 2014 via mobile

This used to be a theater and is now a Barnes and noble. It is really nice to look at and a really good place to study. There is free WiFi and a Starbucks inside! Also, it is part of the skyway system. 😃

Thank Adeel Z
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
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