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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BJMcBean on January 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Back in 1965, my parents and I traveled from Southern California to Illinois so they could visit friends and family in their old stomping grounds. Lucky for me, the Dave Clark 5 were out promoting their latest film and stopped by the Tivoli. They simply walked on stage, waved, and left. So, yes, Mary, I was there, too. After their appearance, I ran outside, under the arms of the police officers surrounding their tour bus, and got right up next to the bus. I just stood there with my mouth hanging open, too shy to try anything else.

Mary, if you see this, I have some great photos I took of the DC5 that day.

MustangMike on February 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I took my wife to see “The Artist” at the Tivoli on Valentine’s day. It was pretty cool to see this silent film, set in the 20’s and 30’s, in a theatre from 1928. Especially cool because the Tivoli was built to house talkie movies but openned with one of the last great silent films “Fazil”

Trolleyguy on April 22, 2012 at 4:08 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 4:28 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 7:01 am

Remodeling for better sound Boxoffice

Songb33 on September 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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 2:37 pm

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

DavidZornig on January 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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 10:06 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 10:41 am

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

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