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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The city of Rochester and a Twin Cities company hired to bring exhibits and other events to the historic Château Theatre are parting ways.

A news release issued Friday afternoon indicates the city and Exhibits Development Group have agreed to conclude their contract next month. Rochester and EDG entered into the arrangement in 2019 for the activation of the theater but the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors have largely prevented the use of the space within the historic downtown Rochester building.

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

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Chateau Theater - Beatles exhibit

EDG was able to bring a couple of exhibits, including a popular display of Beatles memorabilia, to the Château before the pandemic shutdown disrupted the operation in March of last year. The news release from the city says it "stays committed to preserving the historic space and will work with DMC, the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Downtown Alliance, Civic Music, and other partners to activate the space." City officials say that will include immediate, short-term, and long-term activation strategies.

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