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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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 26, 2006 at 12:51 pm

An undated view of the exterior. The fire escape looks like it might have collapsed under the weight of a mass exodus from the balcony:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/tivneworleans.jpg

RichardM
RichardM on January 29, 2007 at 3:30 pm

The Tivoli sits in one of the lowest parts of New Orleans. During the flood that followed the hurricane it stood in about 8 feet of water. The building partially lost it roof during the storm. The interior, which was completely renovated in 1970 for the use as a funeral home, was completed destroyed by the flooding and rain. The only remains of the original theatre was some of the second floor balcony areas, which were not used by the public.
The Funeral Home is planning renovations within the shell of the building. The front exterior is to be preserved except the front porch wall, which was built in 1970, to replace the demolished front porch wall.
If anyone has any pictures or drawings of the theatre prior to 1970 please contact me.

lynchje2
lynchje2 on February 7, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I am a student doing historical research of the area now known as Hoffman Triangle (and the areas surrounding) where the theatre is located. Some of you seem to know quite a bit about the area’s history. I would like to find out more, if you would like to share it. Please contact me at if you have something to add no matter how insignificant you might think it is. Thanks!

abarry33
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
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.

kencmcintyre
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.

ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

THEREâ€\S ONE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
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
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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