Tivoli Theatre

5021 Highland Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Tivoli Theatre

Built in 1928, the Tivoli Theatre has been showing first run feature films since its inception. It opened on Christmas Day 1928 for the Balaban & Katz chain, and originally had a seating capacity for 1,390. The Tivoli Theatre was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Following years of detrioration, the Tivoli Theatre closed its doors for a brief time in 1978. The Tivoli Theatre is the flagship of the Classic Cinemas chain of theatres that serves some of the suburbs and areas around Chicago.

The theatre has film and digital projection and is equipped for 3D presentations. It is home to the After Hours Film Society, Midwest Ballet Theatre Co. and other live entertainment.

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Trolleyguy on April 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The exterior of this theater shows up in the new Geico commercial about the gecko ventroliquist. Not sure if the auditorium shots are from the theater, but there are a few organ chords thrown in at the end.

DavidZornig on July 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Here’s the link to the Geico commercial featuring the exterior of the Tivoli. I hope this works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjrXRXFCIwo

sartana on September 4, 2013 at 4:01 am

Remodeling for better sound Boxoffice

Songb33 on September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

The Tivoli is such a wonderful theater, we’ll drive the hour it takes to get there; always clean, always friendly, still feels like a small town old time theater…love going there!

Mmandarano on September 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

Wow, wish I had a cinema near me like this! I’d be there every weekend.

DavidZornig on January 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

Apparently the Tivoli Theatre is now also hosting live concerts. WXRT just announced a John Hiatt show for 02/26/14.

Broan on April 26, 2016 at 7:06 am

Trivia: the Curtiss One-Hour Dry Cleaners building at 935 Curtiss was constructed to be a movie theater. However, the Tivoli was begun soon after and the other project was dropped due to inability to compete with B&K. The unfinished auditorium of the theater on Curtiss was later used as an auto dealership and garage.

Trolleyguy on May 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

Updated website: http://www.classiccinemas.com/location.aspx?house=912

Trolleyguy on May 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm

With the Covid19 shutdown and no patrons, the Tivoli is offering curbside pickup of popcorn and concessions over the weekend of May8-10. https://patch.com/illinois/downersgrove/tivoli-theatre-offer-popcorn-concessions-pickup-may-8-10?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_term=arts+%26+entertainment&utm_campaign=autopost&utm_content=downersgrove&fbclid=IwAR1yxbMal6hms7TpBVEvRQzX6fhUDXff5lflo-WPd-alrruKyUqvvXxH1VM

DavidZornig on November 24, 2020 at 7:22 am

Tivoli looking to expand into storefront. 11/12/20 Daily Herald article below.


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