Pieces of Beatles’ history will help launch the next use of the historic Chateau Theatre on Saturday, with artifacts retracing the steps of the four musicians from Liverpool, England.
"We can’t wait to introduce the Rochester community to the all-new Chateau experience and share this incredible exhibition," said Amy Noble Seitz, the CEO and founder of Exhibits Development Group, which will operate the city-owned venue for the next three to five years.
Touted as one of the most comprehensive private Beatles collections ever assembled, "The Magical History Tour" features displays covering the period from the band’s earliest days to its 1970 breakup and subsequent solo years.
Highlights include the original drum kit from John Lennon’s first band, The Quarrymen; the Beatles break-up letter dated April 18, 1969; and the "Double Fantasy" album Lennon signed for his killer Mark Chapman on the same day the singer was shot.
The exhibit is making its Minnesota debut and is expected to be at the Chateau into February.
Admission to the exhibit is $15 for adults and $8 for youth ages 6 to 18. Tickets for seniors, military, and college students cost $13.
To kick things off Saturday, EDG is planning a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with Rochester Mayor Kim Norton joining Noble Seitz and others to mark the occasion. Erin Sexton, Mayo Clinic’s director of enterprise community engagement, will present a silver shovel to Chateau in tribute to Dr. Charles H. Mayo’s participation in the original groundbreaking for Chateau on April 1, 1927.
Following the ceremony, the Chateau will be open to the community, and the first 100 people to purchase an exhibition ticket or Chateau membership will receive a commemorative poster.
Chateau memberships range from $30-$100 annually. Members receive savings on exhibition tickets and other exclusive benefits including access to a Members Only Preview event from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Memberships are available for purchase at https://chateaurochester.com/membership.
In addition to the exhibition space, the Chateau offers a small cafe and retail space that is open to the public without purchasing a ticket or membership.