Tivoli Theatre

5021 Highland Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Trolleyguy on May 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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

Broan on April 26, 2016 at 3:06 pm

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.

DavidZornig on January 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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

Mmandarano on September 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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

Songb33 on September 27, 2013 at 7:08 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!

sartana on September 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Remodeling for better sound Boxoffice

DavidZornig on July 11, 2012 at 9:28 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

Trolleyguy on April 22, 2012 at 9:08 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.

MustangMike on February 16, 2012 at 11:47 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”

BJMcBean on January 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

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.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Was there any relationship between Van Gunten and Van Gunten and Eugene De Rosa? To me the Tivoli looks similar to this place:

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 7, 2010 at 5:20 am

From 1949 a photo postcard of the Tivoli Theatre & Hotel in Downers Grove.

kunimo on May 17, 2010 at 9:01 am

Here is a photo taken at the Tivoli with the lights out, showing the proscenium arch and the organist playing the Mighty Wurlitzer.

malfitt on March 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I grew up in Downers Grove and went to the “Tiv” on a regular basis as a kid. I remember that in 1965 the Dave Clark 5 appeared at the Tivoli Theater because their movie was premiering one evening and they showed up on a bus. Does anyone else remember this? It did deteriorate over the years, but it has been renovated (not necessarily restored)to the previous grandeur. Glad to see D.G.’s old Grand Dame is surviving and thriving!

MPol on March 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

I wish there were more theatres like the Tivoli in the Bay State, and in New England, generally.

vicboda on October 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I remember the bowling alley around the corner had the best hot dogs.

ledzilla on March 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm

For any of you that didn’t know, the Tivoli has seen some recent upgrades. During 2008 a digital projection system was installed, and within a few months of that it was upgraded to give digital 3D presentations.

MPol on January 16, 2009 at 6:45 am

This looks like a wonderful theatre, both inside and out.

SecondReel on January 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

New url for the Russell Phillips 1984 photo. Contrast with these current views posted by John Allen of High Performance Stereo. (HPS did the sound system). The after photos are a great tribute to the Johnson’s.

AIA lists it as one of the 150 great places of Illinois. They also have the design firm listed as Van Gunten & Van Gunten and claim it was the second theater anywhere purpose designed for sound films. Does anyone know the exhibitors history? The stagehand site claims it was a B & K until 1948.

It’s a great space. Without a riser or balcony there’s no way to reference the scale. The screen fills the entire area under the proscenium but you don’t get a sense of its size until you’ve walked two-thirds of the way down to the stage. Most exterior shots only show the entrance and marquee and not the business end. Gotta love that flyhouse.

BarbaraFtCollins on July 14, 2008 at 4:31 am

This is indeed a nice pic!

Broan on April 22, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Well, yeah, it depends on the style. I meant that there was usually a pretty consistent palette.

Ziggy on April 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I have to differ with BWChigago. I have no idea how colorful or not the Tivoli’s original marquee may have been, but I do know that the marquees of the 1920’s and 30’s were usually very colorful (of course there were exceptions). The Capitol Theatre in my hometown had it’s original 1920’s marquee with milk glass letters and all. The Marquee itself was dusty rose with dark blue trim, the chaser lights were red and the name “Capitol” was in white. It was quite a sight. The Capitol, by the way, was a small second run theatre, so I can only imagine how spectacular the marquee would have been on a big downtown movie house.

Broan on April 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm

I’d point out, though, that there generally wasn’t a lot of color variation in marquees, so it was likely just mottled reds or greens, maybe a little yellow/gold, whatever tones matched the Spanish Renaissance look of the exterior. The B&W photos don’t look like it was ever very colorful.

The updated link for the Sept. 26, 2005 comment is http://www.organman.com/tivoli.htm

Broan on April 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I think that Willis Johnson and THSA have pretty much done exhaustive research on all of his theaters. More power to you to find more, but I think they have all you’re likely to find.