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Comfort First!!

They offer the latest movies and it's great that reservations and choice seats are available. Their... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2018
Rochester, Minnesota
Don't be confused

Half of the reviews for this activity relate to the old theater building, and half are for the new... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
Kari B
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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...more
15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3009
+1 507-288-3848
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Do your homework before you travel. Checking this venue by photo alone is not factual. There is a Chateau Thester in town, but it does not look like the photos and it is not downtown.

Thank Trek788787
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

These photos you are seeing in Trip Advisor is an historic old theater building in downtown Rochester. It was a theater 90 years ago. The Barnes & Noble bookstore occupied this building until it closed on Dec. 31, 2014. There is currently nothing inside of...More

11  Thank photogal22
Reviewed 12 February 2018

They offer the latest movies and it's great that reservations and choice seats are available. Their lounge atmosphere is very cozy. This has been my "to go" movie theatre for years and I love the improvements that they have made. It's a constant for them...More

Thank Patagonia2014
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Miss this venue! Be it a Barnes and Noble or not, I can't wait to step back in someday in the future!

Thank Ethan H
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Half of the reviews for this activity relate to the old theater building, and half are for the new 14-screen cinema on the outskirts of town. Part of what attracted us was the prospect of watching a movie from a recliner in a 1927 theater....More

4  Thank Kari B
Reviewed 21 August 2017

My children call this the "comfy seats" theater. Generally, our family only goes to the first showing of a movie here, as a special treat, since they are more expensive. The recliners ARE very comfortable. But since the recliners take up more space, it has...More

Thank RochMama
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We were long-term lovers of the "old" Chateau Theater, which really did look like a chateau. Very quaint. And we loved its central "down town" location. But even after deserting the main scene, we still find the new Chateau our favorite of the now three...More

Thank Esterace
Reviewed 2 May 2017

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

1  Thank RosalieS248
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...More

2  Thank sep780
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
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