Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Five proposals to manage Rochester’s Chateau Theater have been submitted and public input may be sought in the selection process.

Three of the proposals are local and the two are from the Twin Cities.

The submissions came from Entourage Events Group, Exhibits Development Group, Arcades Are Awesome!, Threshold Arts LLC, and Arts Trust Minnesota.

The city sought proposals in hopes of activating the historic downtown building while it develops a long-term plan.

The city purchased the building for $6-million three years ago and it’s currently undergoing a million-dollar renovation that should be completed by this spring or summer. The escalator and second floor are expected to be removed as part of the renovation.

When it sought proposals, the city indicated it wanted a plan that would “significantly activate the building” over a 3-5 year period.

“The interest in the Chateau Theatre has been and continues to be strong. This is reflected in the five proposals received,” says Patrick Seeb, Director Economic Development and Placemaking with Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency. All five proposals are diverse in their approach to use and activate the space.”
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