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Historic Chateau Theatre to close traveling exhibits

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The historic Chateau Theatre's latest endeavor is coming to an end.

Next month, the city of Rochester and Destination Medical Center will be ending its contract with Exhibits Development Group. EDG is the organization that had been bringing traveling exhibits to the theatre, pre pandemic times.

The partnership began in 2019, in effort to activate the historic theatre. According to a press release from the city, that partnership is ending due to a variety of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are appreciative of EDG’s partnership and willingness to try a new concept in the historic Chateau Theatre," said Deputy City Administrator, Aaron Parrish in the release. "There is much to learn from and we will use this new knowledge as we continue forward with future activation strategies.”

The city says it is committed to preserving the historic space and will continue to work with community partners, including DMC, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Downtown Alliance, Civic Music and others to do so.

“Located in the Heart of the City, the historic Chateau Theatre is a significant space and place in Rochester.  As we look to the reopening of First Avenue and Peace Plaza, we are excited to continue to work with the community as we look to the future of the space, both in the near and long term,” said Executive Director of DMC Patrick Seeb, in a statement.

The decision came to the dismay of several locals.

"I grew up in Rochester as a child, so this has been an icon for my life. So seeing it go or not go, I hate it," said Jennifer Meath.

Colin Meath agreed that the theatre serves a greater purpose than just entertainment to the city of Rochester.

"It's kind of an icon for Rochester. We need it here in some way, shape or form," he said.

In the meantime, the city is working on immediate, short and long term activation strategies for the space.

Beret Leone

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