Threshold Arts re-activates Chateau Theatre in downtown Rochester

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(ABC 6) – In May, Rochester City Council signed off on a Threshold Arts contract to take over the new Chateau Theatre and people gathered in Peace Plaza to attend the art organization’s open house.

The theatre first opened almost 100 years ago as a vaudeville house and has been many things since. Now, many members of the community have been long anticipating what it will become next.

"It was just a magical place to work…so I am glad that it’s still a magical place," an attendee of the open house, Jenifer Majerus said. The Chateau Theatre once was a Barnes & Noble, where Majerus was formerly employed.

Many people were excited to learn that Threshold Arts is the new operator of the downtown building.

"I believe that Threshold will be able to activate this space, through their connection with local artists and creators," local artist, Cassandra Buck said.

All community members are invited to utilize the space. Events like fundraisers, banquets and weddings are accepted.

"This bulding is such a community gem, we want to make sure that all different groups of people have an opportunity to use it in fun and creative ways," Naura Anderson, the founding Director of Theshold Arts, said.

Anderson says the space is still a work in progresss and that Threshold plans to continue adding onto the performance venue, with a stage, sound system and lights.

Every Thursday people are invited to come and take a look inside the new theatre.