Here's what readers are saying about the Chateau, in advance of tonight's Dialogues:
Hello, I can't be at the program at the Library this evening as I'll be attending the Friends of the Library meeting here in Lake City, but I do want to comment on the topic at hand. I grew up in Rochester and attended the Chateau many, many times over my lifetime (71 yrs) as did my mother (age 96) and all of her family, also from Rochester. The Chateau played a big part in our family's background and we love and cherish this landmark historical building! My Mom remembers when they gave away dishes before the shows and Ron and I were at the last show, "The Sting" and The Turkey River All-Stars played for the Gala.
My idea for the Chateau would be to make it a art theater as Rochester has no cinema theater downtown for locals and visitors. It could be for specialty films such as art nouveau, foreign film nominees for Oscars, the Rochester Film Festival, Film Noir, etc. It could also be use for special groups in between such as theater groups to bring productions to the Peace Plaza for special performances.
The important part is to keep it a theater. The escalator should be taken out and stairs and a elevator could be added to the front of the building near the balcony. The balcony could still be used as a coffee shop for income producing and/ or a book store/ newspaper shop.
Good job opening up the town to discussion about future uses of the Chateau building! I asked Facebook friends to vote, and it's going crazy on my page.
My two children are very active in Words Players. I could write you a dissertation about what the troupe has to offer:
3. visitors to our city
4. the regional arts and culture scene
5. Rochester's downtown
I believe that Words Players and SkyVault Theatre Company would be a great fit in the heart of the city and with the mission of DMC. I'm sure you've seen them at Rochesterfest or Thursdays on First or the Renaissance Festival. The energy is infectious. The performances are professional. And so much of it is original and home grown.
They will lose their 4th St lease at the end of June; keeping them downtown would be a wise move for the city.
I may not make tomorrow night's meeting (Cabaret tickets!), but I wanted to chime in.
Thanks for reading,
As I am sure you are aware, the Rochester Arts and Cultural Collaborative (RACC) has been underway since last September. This broadbased coalition of artists, and arts and cultural organizations, of all types, has continued to grow and undertaken a number of projects.
One of the focus areas is Spaces (i.e. facilities) for arts and cultural activities and organizations. A sub-committee of the Spaces Committee was formed to brainstorm and address the Chateau.
(From a presentation Steve attached from the Spaces: Chateau Subcommittee, here are some lines:)
The RACC Spaces Committee is quite literally interested in all types of “spaces” for any arts, arts related, or cultural activity:
The focus on facilities includes:
Art making, rehearsal, studio, practice, etc.
Performance, exhibition, gallery, etc.
Events, fundraisers, ceremonies, etc.
Cultural gathering, celebration, sharing, etc.
Office, meeting, administration, storage, etc.
The Spaces team is currently focused on:
The Senior Center/Armory
The Chateau Theater
Performing Arts and More
...perhaps this may be is use for your Dialogue tomorrow.
I can’t make the meeting Thursday night, so here is a question that I and maybe others have, and that is, why is the city paying 6 million dollars for it when is appraised at only two or three million? If it is really worth six million, why hasn’t the present owner been paying taxes on the true value? Thanks. Bob Fiss.
Oh Great Knower of All Knowledge, am I the only one who thinks it may be a bad idea for the City of Rochester to be spending 5.5 million dollars to buy a theater building when in the same edition the school district said it needs 10 million. I say take the 5.5 and we are more than halfway there. And don’t get started on giving all the kids I-pads. They can’t even keep mittens let alone I-pads. Wasteful spending in my humble opinion. Longtime fan Bob Anderson
Could this become a University Of Minn. Library & Study Hall for engineering & other departments, etc? Or would this make good offices for U of M?
I will not be able to attend the discussion at the Rochester Public Library, so wanted to put in my two cents.
I am an artist, and soon to be business owner. I have lived in Rochester since 1977, so I remember watching movies at the Chateau.
My thoughts as to what should be done with the Chateau Theatre:
To have a place for the Arts - be it Visual Art, Theatre, Dance, Music, Etc.
And a place for the ENTIRE community to enjoy - not just the "Elite"
Basically a creative community all in one place.
I don't know exactly what this would look like, but after taking my own poll on Facebook, I found that many people, artistic, and not, were very much for this idea. It would preserve the beauty of the building, and add even more beauty and spirit to it.
Rochester has many creative minds that are already making a big difference in our community, and would love the chance to take on an amazing project like this one. C4 may be a place to start as far as coming up with more ideas on this.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope the Arts will be brought up as an idea~