Tivoli Theatre

5021 Highland Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Classic Cinemas (Official)

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Operated by: Classic Cinemas

Previously operated by: Alliance Theater Corp., Balaban & Katz Corp.

Firms: Van Gunten and Van Gunten

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run), Performing Arts

Styles: French Renaissance

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 630.968.0219

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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 which was removed in the 1940’s.

Following years of deterioration, 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. In the mid-1980’s a Barton 2 manual 7 ranks organ was installed, but that was later transferred to the York Theatre, Elmhust, IL. In 1992 a Wurlitzer 3 manual 10 ranks organ was installed. The instrument Opus 942 was originally installed in 1924 in the Indian Theatre, East Chicago, IN.

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. By 2021 a second 33-seat screen had been added.

Recent comments (view all 60 comments)

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.


Joe Moore
Joe Moore on April 14, 2021 at 9:13 am

It is now a two screen theater


“Johnson felt sure enough in the industry to install a fancy new theater at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, despite a rollercoaster year.”

MustangMike on February 25, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Your seating information is a little off. There are 1024 seats in the original auditorium and 33 in the new “Willis” auditorium (named for the founder and president of Classic Cinemas). I’ll post a picture if the new screen.

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