Atlas Obscura at the Tivoli Theatre July 2019 07/13/2019
Starting at 10:00am

  • Playing at:
  • Tivoli Theatre

Atlas Obscura presents Tour the Tivoli, the Wonder Theatre of Suburban Chicago on Saturday, July 13th at 10:00am to 12:00pm. Tickets are $20.00.


CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.



Peek behind the curtain (and travel through a secret passageway!) of The Tivoli Theatre as you learn about its 90-year history, architectural style, and ever-evolving business operations.


Built in 1928, The Tivoli Theatre remains unique to Chicago for at least two reasons. First, The Tivoli was the second theater in the United States designed and built to show "talkies." (The Brooklyn Paramount was the first.) As a result, early newspaper ads promoted it as “the wonder theatre of suburban Chicago," where you could actually "hear what you see.” And second, the Tivoli Theatre also holds the distinction of being one of the last single-screen theaters in the Chicago area. Unlike many large movie theaters in the 1960s and 1970s, The Tivoli was never split into a multiplex, with multiple screens in multiple auditoriums.


As part of Atlas Obscura's 2019 Focus on Film series, join us for an exclusive tour of The Tivoli Theatre. After a brief presentation, we'll go behind the scenes of this unique and historic theatre—visiting its projection and sound booths, Wurlitzer pipe organ, backstage and below-the-stage spaces, and a secret passage that leads into the Tivoli Bowling Lanes.



- About 10 minutes prior to starting time, please check in with Field Agent Kelli Marshall in the lobby of The Tivoli Theatre.

- This indoor event runs rain, shine, or snow.

- Parking is available; Metra: BNSF.

- The ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer your purchase by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.



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