Chateau Theatre

15 1st Street SW,
Rochester, MN 55902

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Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix

Architects: Thomas Farr Ellerbe

Firms: Ellerbe & Company

Functions: Café, Gallery, Live Music Venue, Retail

Styles: Atmospheric, Gothic Revival

Previous Names: Chateau Dodge Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 507.200.2707

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Chateau Theatre

The Chateau Dodge Theatre opened in 1927 by the Finkelstein & Ruben Amusements Co. It was equipped with a Marr & Colton 2 manual 9 ranks organ. In the 1970’s there were threats of demolition for a Wells Fargo building but a local group was formed to save the building. It was placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1980. In 1994 it was remade into a Barnes & Noble bookstore after its days as a movie house ended in around 1986. Barnes & Noble vacated the building at the end of 2014.

The interior is in an Atmospheric style, designed as a Medieval village with stars above. In May 2016 plans were proposed to restore the Chateau Theatre with a 2017 reopening envisaged. It reopened November 23, 2019 as an exhibition space, with a café, retail stores and a space for live music performances.

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unknown on November 8, 2003 at 12:08 pm

Here is some additional information that could be added:

Also known as:
Chateau Dodge Theater

Architect, builder, or engineer:
Heffron & Fitzgerald,et al., Elletbee Architects

Period of Significance:

Jonathunder on July 30, 2006 at 11:48 am

Here is a Wintertime view.

HowardBHaas on August 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Thanks to the fellow who has taken these current photos of balcony, now used for storage. They show wonderful Art Deco detail.

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KJB2012 on May 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Is/was this theatre haunted?

tmkski on February 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I rebuilt this organ in the late 50’s when I was attending IBM classes. Used my own money and did it in my spare time. Great to have stumbled upon this site. At least the theatre is still there!! I still have a tape of that original concert somewhere around my house!!

A few local organ buffs found out about it and helped tune it and we had a concert by the guy that played it originally. He played it out of the pit!

Chris1982 on January 27, 2015 at 1:32 am

National Register of Hisdtoric Plasces Info. Status Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1980 Reference number 80002098 Architectural style Other architectural type; French chateau Areas of significance Entertainment/Recreation; Architecture Level of significance State Evaluation criteria A – Event; C – Design/Construction Property type Building Historic function Theater Current function Theater Period of significance 1925-1949 Significant year 1927

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

this page of the January 21, 1928, issue of Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World features three photos of the recently opened Chateau-Dodge Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2019 at 10:53 pm

Although there was hope that the Chateau Theatre would be brought back to life as a performance venue, in May, 2019 the City of Rochester decided that it would be renovated primarily as a space for traveling exhibits, with some additional space devoted to a cafe, retail stores, and small areas for live music. The Chateau will reopen on November 23, 2019, with “The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition.”

This is the Chateau’s official web site.

On November 14, the Rochester Post-Bulletin posted this photo gallery featuring 57 photos of the Chateau Theatre at various stages of its history, including its time as a book store and during the recent renovation project.

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