Tivoli Theatre

3933 Washington Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70125

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Tivoli Theatre

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Opened in 1927, the Tivoli Theatre was owned and operated by the United Theatres circuit.

Closed in 1970 as a theater, the Tivoli has operated for many years now as a funeral parlor, and some of its ornate exterior decor is intact, including a large, graceful terra cotta freize above the main entrance.

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abarry33 on June 3, 2008 at 3:49 am

The architect for the Tivoli Theatre was Emile Weil who
was also the architect for the Saenger Theatre, New Orleans.
The Tivoli( Rhodes Funeral Home ) as of June 2008 is still unrestored from hurricane Katrina

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2008 at 10:35 pm

The renovation is ongoing, per the photo on Google maps. It looks the interior has been gutted.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2008 at 10:44 pm

You can see the interior from Google maps? I didn’t know that this building was being renovated.

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm

There’s a very large open space in the front, and it appears that whatever was inside has been removed. Quite an interesting looking building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Obviously you can see work being done in the photos at that link. I didn’t see any interior work being done in the Google photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2009 at 3:50 am

This is a circa 1927 photo of the Tivoli.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

RonaldEsq1 on October 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My Aunt and Cousin resided at 1723 South Rendon Street. When I was in my early teens I stayed for a couple of months during my vacation from school. My cousin and I went to several movies at the Tivoli. Nearby was a McKinzey Bakery and Bell Supermarket. This really brought back memories of my childhood.

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