The Future of Chateau: "Think Cirque du Soleil but smaller"

August 20, 2019 06:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The historic Chateau Theatre in downtown Rochester will open its doors once again, this time as a cultural destination.

Five proposals were submitted to the city regarding the future use of the building.


Exhibits Development Group (EDG) was chosen to operate and manage the building.

"It's a blank canvas. And if you are an artist, which is what we are, artists, scientists, historians, you need a blank canvas and that's what we have here," said Founder and CEO of EDG Amy Noble Seitz.

She explained that the space will serve multiple purposes. 

"Back here will be what we will call the kuhnstalle, the cultural hall in which you will see things from exhibitions to music events, to performing events. Think Cirque du Soleil but smaller," she said.

There is also the option to close off the front portion of the room for smaller exhibits and local artists. The very front of the building will be a gathering place. 

“That will be open quite early in the morning with comfortable seating where people can come in and enjoy a newspaper, meet a friend for a coffee,” she said. 

Eventually, they hope to create a café and alley space. 

"This is our gem. This is our jewel. This is the place people will look to once again and be so very very proud of," said DMC EDA Executive Director Lisa Clarke.

The city of Rochester has invested approximately $1 million into renovations to preserve the architecture of the building. 

"The lights of the Chateau will now shine again and we are so excited about that," said Clarke.

The space will be open to the public this fall. 

"City of Rochester, we feel your big hug. Now we're ready for some work," said Seitz. 


Talia Milavetz

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