Tivoli Theatre

Savannah, MO 64485

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The Tivoli Theatre was opened in 1937 and closed in November 1943 after a fire. Owner M.B. Presley moved his theater to another building. The old Tivoli was then converted into a doctor’s office.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on August 23, 2016 at 2:37 am

Launched as the Tivoli Theatre in the Fall of 1937 and architected by Jerome Crowley of Kansas City, the town of Savannah struggled to keep both the Tivoli and competing Globe Theatre going. Clarence E. Cook and V.O. Moore announced the Tivoli Theatre in 1936 though launching the following year.

Fred Hartley had opened the original Globe Theatre on April 20, 1914. M.B. “Doc” Presley took on the original Globe and with dollars stretched thin between two theatres, in 1938, Presley purchased the Tivoli Theatre. A week later it’s called the New Globe Theatre ending the six-month run of the Tivoli.

In November of 1943 and during World War II, the New Globe / former Tivoli Theatre is gutted by fire. War shortages didn’t allow for a new structure. This forced Presley to create the “Not-So-New” Globe Theatre in a converted church. With war shortages, the project replacing the New Globe Theatre was finally built in 1946 becoming the (New) New Globe Theatre and launching in November of 1946. The Tivoli / New Globe was repurposed for other purposes.

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