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Chateau Theatre is One Step Closer to Opening Night

April 16, 2019 10:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Chateau Theatre is one step closer to becoming a downtown Rochester attraction once again.

On Monday, the city and DMC narrowed the original five proposals down to three.

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“A very exciting time, as we obviously know the Chateau has sat predominantly vacant for the last couple years,” said Jenna Bowman, Rochester’s Communications & Engagement Manager.

Outside and inside construction has been ongoing to get the theatre ready for its next stage.

Removing the second floor, in addition to fixing the roof and stained glass windows, are just a few of the projects underway.

The three proposals moving forward to City Council come from Entourage Events Group, Exhibits Development Group (EDG) and Arts Trust of Minnesota (ATOM).

“I’ve been watching very closely for many, many years – about a decade – what’s happening in Rochester. I grew up in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota,” said Amy Noble Seitz, CEO and founder of EDG.

She said having the opportunity to come back to the area and work on the Chateau would be a dream come true.

“I like to say that Rochester, Minnesota is as unique in the United States in terms of diversity as Washington, D.C. but what there is is a void in bringing culture to Rochester,” she said.

Former Mayor Ardell Brede remembers when, decades ago, the Chateau was a place people in Rochester could enjoy.

It’s where he and his wife Judy had their first date more than 50 years ago.

“That is the center right there on the Peace Plaza – the Chateau – and it should be the jewel and it will be when we get done,” Brede said.

With City Council poised to choose an operator in May, the future of the Chateau is just around the corner.

“It is a very exciting time and the Chateau Theatre plays a very exciting role in our community, both in its history and, you know, the way in which it will continue to be an important piece of the community as we move forward,” Bowman said.

The public presentations will be held by City Council from 5-7 p.m. on April 25 and will also be streamed online.

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