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201 4th Street SE
Room 266
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2000
Fax: 507-328-2727

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Chateau Theatre

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The Chateau Theatre, which was built in 1927, is located in the heart of Downtown Rochester and is one of the most significant historic structures in the city.  The Peace Plaza sees close to 1,400,000 visitors a year and the Chateau is within walking distance of over 2,200 hotel rooms.

In 1993, after a decade of inactivity, Barnes and Noble purchased the facility, opening it as a bookstore in 1994. It remained as such until 2014. In 2015, the City of Rochester committed to buying the building for $6 million. Mayo Clinic, contributed $500,000 to the purchase.

Exhibits Development Group

Exhibits Development Group was selected by the City Council to serve as the initial operator and manger of the Chateau Theatre.  More information about their activation can be found here.

Request for Proposals (RFP) Presentation

On April 25, 2019, three entities who submitted a RFPs for the initial operations and management of the Chateau Theatre presented to the Rochester City Council.  A summary of the RFPs can be found here.

Exhibits Development Group Presentation

Arts Trust of Minnesota Presentation

Entourage Events Group Presentation

Construction Updates

In an effort to keep the community informed of the construction process, updates will be provided by Benike Construction and made available here.

April 9, 2019

March 25, 2019

March 4, 2019

February 11, 2019

January 21, 2019

January 7, 2019

Chateau Reuse Task Force

The City of Rochester established the Chateau Reuse Task Force in October 2015.  The goal of the group was to provide a recommendation as to how the Chateau Theatre would be reused, financed, governed, and managed.

The vision of the Chateau Reuse Task Force was: To showcase the Chateau Theatre at the hear of America's City for health and provide unique, high quality arts and culture experiences for community residents, Mayo Clinic patients and companions, and visitors.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was created to select a consultant to prepare a report detailing a building program for the Chateau Theatre.  Miller Dunwiddie completed the work, which can be found below.

Operation and Management Request for Proposals

The City of Rochester announced the opening of a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the operation and management of the historic Chateau Theatre.  The RFP is open to all interested parties and has a submission deadline of February 15, 2019.

Initial Construction

On November 5, 2018 the City Council approved a contract with Benike Construction for the initial roofing and interior renovation work of the Chateau Theatre.  The total for the work is estimated to be $1,092,100.  Beinke Construction was the lowest total bid out of the four that were received.  The funding for the project is from state Destination Medical Center Funds. The DMCC 2019-2024 CIP has $1,400,000 programmed in 2019 for the theater improvements.  

It is anticipated that the interior construction work is set to begin in December 2018, with the exterior roofing work occurring in the spring of 2019.