Sidewalk Cinema

910 E. Main Street,
Richmond, IN 47374

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Tivoli Theater, Richmond, IN

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The Tivoli Theatre was opened December 30, 1926 with Dorothy Mackaill in “Just Another Blond”. Organist Ted Bock opened the mighty Wurlitzer organ. On March 21, 1975 it was renamed Sidewalk Cinema. In 1987 it was twinned and operated into the 1990’s.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm

This may be the photo posted in October 2005:
http://tinyurl.com/cmjdx4

mobycat
mobycat on April 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

The Tivoli was actually open well into the 90s. Sometime in the mid 70s, the front lobby was converted into a jewelry store and the theater entrance was moved to the side of the building. It was also renamed to the Sidewalk Cinema. In the late 80s or early 90s it was made a $1 theater. Also at some point in the late 80s or early 90s, it was converted to two screens – they simply built all wall down the center of the auditorium.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2015 at 1:22 pm

This web page from a walking tour of downtown Richmond says that the Tivoli Theatre was built in 1926.

A business chronology published in the April 26, 2009, issue of the Richmond Palladium-Item (PDF here) has an ad for the Thor Construction Company, established 1987, and it says that the company remodeled the Sidewalk Cinema that year to add a second screen.

This web page from the Indiana Economic Digest has an excerpt from a Palladium-Item article about the Tivoli’s Wurlitzer organ (there’s a link to the original newspaper article but it now fetches only an error page.)

rivest266
rivest266 on February 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

December 30th, 1926 grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm

1926 was a busy year for opening new theatres in Richmond, The Hudson on November 10th, The Ritz on the 25th and the Tivoli on December 30th.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm

March 21st, 1975 grand opening ad in the photo section as Sidewalk Cinema.

mobycat
mobycat on October 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm

“all gone in 2017” – only being a theater. The building is still there.

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