Tivoli Theatre

O'Brien Street,
Tipperary Town E34

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Previous Names: Tipperary Electric Theatre, Tivoli Picture Palace

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Located in Tipperary Town, County Tipperary on what was known as Henry Street (later re-named O'Brien Street). The Tipperary Electric Theatre was opened by May 1912. By 1913 it was operating as the Tivoli Picture House and in the 1920’s it became the Tivoli Theatre. It was owned by Brian O’Donnell and appears in the 1923 edition of the Kine Year Book. It later had an RCA sound system fitted and is last listed in the 1938 edition of the Book. It was still open in 1942. It also had a dance hall.

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popcorn_pete on January 20, 2022 at 7:31 am

This cinema has been mislabelled and should be the Tivoli as indicated in the overview. The Gaiety already has an entry on the site and was in Market Street (later Mitchell Street) in the Town Hall complex. There does not seem to have been a cinema on Main Street.

The Tivoli was already in business by May 1912 as the Tipperary Electric Theatre and also staged variety shows. A big occasion was in January 1913 when a reputed 600 children were treated toa special show. It was operating as the Tivoli Picture House by 1913 and was later described as the Tivoli Theatre in the 1920s. It is still referenced in the press until at least October 1942 although it wasn’t necessarily screening films. The original proprietor was Bryan O’Donnell, who along with the Picturedrome’s owner W.G. Evans was often mentioned in the press for operating without the appropriate licence. Henry Street was later renamed O'Brien Street.

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