Tivoli Theatre

201 West Main Street,
Ardmore, OK 73401

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Tivoli Theatre

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Originally opened as the Princess Theatre February 15, 1917 with Mary Pickford in “Less Than the Dust”. It was renamed Tivoli Theatre by 1930. The Tivoli Theatre is a former movie house that has been restored for live entertainment including comedians, musicians and live entertainment.

The front facade has been painted a leaf green with a large vertical down the middle with “Tivoli” in blocks on each side and rows of flashing bulbs on the back side. The V shaped marquee is used to announce upcoming shows.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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raybradley
raybradley on March 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

This is what the Tivoli Theatre looks like today. Former Temple Theatre can be seen in distance.
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raybradley
raybradley on March 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Ardmore trivia;
Actress Rue McClanahan grew up here, and Gene Autry’s “Worlds Wonder Horse” Champion (A dark sorrel with four white stockings and a medium-wide blaze) is buried beneath the sidewalk in front of the Tivoli Theatre in Ardmore.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on March 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

… and, Champion’s hoof prints are enshrined in cement inside the forecourt of Hollywood’s Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

Marcel
Marcel on October 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

A Nice looking theatre, stopped by the other day. Such am amazing downtown area. Must have been amazing in it’s day.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

The Tivoli Theatre was designed by architect Leonard H. Bailey. It was (as the Princess Theatre) on a list of theaters he had designed that was published in the October 25, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald-World.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

This opened on June 14th, 1935. Grand opening ad in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

The July 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item that must have been about the Princess/Tivoli Theatre:

“Helback & Cox, proprietors of the Theatorium and Majestic theaters of Ardmore, Okla., have secured the location for a new picture theater in that city to be erected at the corner of West Main and B streets. Plans now being prepared provide for a seating capacity of 1,200 persons. It is hoped to have the house ready for opening in October.”
So far I haven’t found any mention of the opening date of the Princess in any of the trade publications, but it must have opened in the autumn of 1916.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

The Princess was supposed to open on Christmas day of 1916 but a December 24, 1916 item in the Daily Ardmoreite states the following:

“Work on the new Princess Theatre is being rushed in the hope that the house will be ready for the opening during the first weeks in January”.

The Princess must have opened in early 1917. I uploaded a newspaper picture showing what the Princess would like like when completed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Okay, I found an opening ad. The Princess Theatre opened on February 15, 1917 with Mary Pickford in “Less Than the Dust” and a vaudeville show.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Excellent finds, Lost Memory. Now that I’ve seen Leonard Bailey’s drawing, I can’t say that the plain facade of the Tivoli is an improvement on his design for the Princess.

I notice that the opening day ad mentions the Theatorium but not the Majestic Theatre. I wonder if Helback & Cox closed the Majestic upon (or even before) opening the Princess? I haven’t seen any ads for the Majestic after 1916.

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