Tivoli Theatre

2015 Fourth Street SW,
Calgary, AB

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One of the first suburban cinemas in Calgary, the Tivoli opened on October 7th, 1936. The principal architect of the strikingly modern theatre was Cecil Blankstein, of the Winnipeg firm of Green, Blankstein, Russell & Ham.

For much of its history, the Tivoli showed first-run British and art films, but in the 1970s, it became an adult theatre. In 1980, it became the first theatre in Calgary to show exclusively Chinese language films. The theatre was closed in March of 1990.

In 1991, the theatre was converted into a specialty shopping center called Tivoli Shops.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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numapass
numapass on December 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Logged a lot of hours in this theater in the 70’s and although it showed some softcore stuff once and a while, it was not really an adult theatre. Lots of horror, blaxploitation, kung fu stuff etc as well as crowd pleasers like Vanishing Point. Those Italian westerns with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer played there for weeks and weeks.

Although the outside had a sort of art deco look, it was quite plain inside. Good memories.

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