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Rochester's Chateau Theatre books first public event of its new era

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Since closing the book on its Barnes & Noble days, Rochester's historic Chateau Theatre has been unused. But that will change this fall.

Rochester Civic Theatre announced Wednesday it will hold its annual Encore Gala event at the historic theater on Oct. 10.

It will be the first public event at the 88-year-old vaudeville house – which later became a bookstore – since the city of Rochester announced its purchase of the Chateau in March.

The Post Bulletin notes the city's $6 million purchase of the building has not yet closed, so current owner Jane Lieberman signed off on the theater's October event.

The Post Bulletin says Mayo Clinic, which contributed $500,000 to the purchase of the Chateau, has scheduled a private event at the theater on Oct. 1.

While those events will breathe life into the Chateau again, Rochester has not yet determined how the building will be used in the longer term.

Mayor Ardell Brede says the city is still in the early stages of putting together a steering committee that will tackle that issue with input from arts groups, historic preservationists, and the Destination Medical Center Corp., the Med City Beat reports.

As for the Civic Theatre's gala, KTTC reports executive director Gregory Stavrou described the "creative black tie" event this way:

Attendees will be picked up in a limousine stocked with champagne. Upon arrival at the Chateau, they will be greeted by paparazzi and escorted along the red carpet into the theatre for hors d'oeuvres and jazz music. Later, attendees will head upstairs for dinner, along with live entertainment celebrating the Rochester Civic Theater.

Tickets go on sale Monday at prices ranging from $95 to $150 with a VIP option also available, KTTC says.

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