5 Things Rochester’s Chateau Theatre Should Be Used For In 2019

Sometimes a new dress calls for lots of twirling while you’re out and about.

I’ll share more on my ModCloth excursion soon, but for now I want to talk about the setting that I used for this quick and cute vintage shoot I did in downtown Rochester with photographer Corrie Strommen.

Corrie Strommen Photography

Part of the photoshoot took place in front of Rochester’s famed Chateau Theatre. When I found out that Mayor Ardell Brede took his late wife Judy there on their first date years ago, a certain romantic quality of the theatre hit me. It’s been closed for years since then.

Right now, the fate of the theatre is up for debate. The city of Rochester posted on Facebook yesterday, “The City of Rochester is pleased to announce the opening of the request for proposals (RFP) process for the initial operation and management of the historic Chateau Theatre! The deadline to submit is February 15, 2019.”

In honor of this, I came up with my own ideas for what I’d hope the Chateau Theatre becomes when it reopens.

Here is my list. Tell me if you agree with it!

  1. A music venue: We’ve been wanting another larger music venue in the area since the Wicked Moose closed. The more the better! Why not give promoters bringing in shows more options?
  2. A vintage movie theatre: It would be adorable if the theatre reopened with a vintage 1960s look but played movies currently out, wouldn’t it?
  3. An opera house: Why not bring one closer to Rochester?
  4. A sober living area: Again, why not have more options for this treatment? 
  5. A lecture hall: The appearance of Ken Burns earlier this year was a hit! Why not provide more options for more lectures and documentary showings of the like?

What would you like to see the Chateau Theatre used for?

2 responses to “5 Things Rochester’s Chateau Theatre Should Be Used For In 2019”

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