Chateau Theatre

15 First Street SW,
Rochester, MN 55902

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Chateau Theatre

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Chateau Dodge Theatre opened in 1927 by the Finkelstein & Ruben Amusements Co. 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.

Contributed by Dan Landherr

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

unknown on November 8, 2003 at 5:08 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 4:48 pm

Here is a Wintertime view.

HowardBHaas on August 7, 2008 at 3:17 am

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

View link

KJB2012 on May 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Is/was this theatre haunted?

tmkski on February 27, 2014 at 9:31 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 6:32 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 May 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

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.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater