Tivoli Theatre

4922 S. 24th Street,
Omaha, NE 68107

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Previously operated by: Epstein's Theaters Corp.

Functions: Storage

Previous Names: Magic Theatre

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Tivoli Theatre

The Magic Theatre was opened on July 23, 1912 with vaudeville & movies. On September 7, 1925 it went over to movies only when the Epstein brothers took over and renamed it Tivoli Theatre. In 1948 it went over to presenting Czech films. It was closed on June 1, 1949.

In 1950 it was converted into a store for Hested Stores.

Contributed by Chuck

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Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on December 4, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Structure looks to be vacant retail. It is huge and spacious. At the front center of the building but inside is an old wrought double wide staircase that leads down just like the Roseland a couple doors down. If you google the address and click the street view, it’s the structure with the mini red awning. The buiding with the white front sits between it and the Roseland.

beardbear31 on March 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm

as long as I can remember this building was used as a thrift shop, first as a Goodwill in the 70’s and then a privately owned thrift store. I believe it is still vacant. I have vague recollections of walking down that staircase when I was 4 or 5; I think they had furniture down there. In later years the staircase was chained off.

cmartens54 on April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The building is not open to the public; it is used as a storage facility for a private business.

dallasmovietheaters on December 2, 2022 at 10:48 am

According to the information provided by user Chuck, “The Tivoli Theatre opened in the early-1930’s with seating for 510. The theatre closed in the early-1950’s.” Looking a bit deeper factually suggests that information to be inaccurate.

The Magic Theatre launched in the Richey Building in South Omaha as a vaudeville house that would additionally play contemporary films on the same bill. H.C. Wright of Chicago established the policy launching the Magic on July 23, 1912. The Epstein Brothers took on the venue in the early 1920s. They would upgrade the house stressing motion pictures and rename it on September 7, 1925 as the Tivoli Theatre with Colleen Moore in “The Desert Flower” supported by Lige Conley in “Treasure Bound.” They also reduced seat count by nearly 50 percent.

On March 3, 1929, the venue was upgraded with Vitaphone sound playing Pauline Frederick in “On Trial.” Early in 1948, the theatre switched to a policy of Czech films likely on a subleasing agreement. The Magic closed on June 1, 1949 for the summer months with Frantisek Smolík in “Jiný Vzduch.” The Tivoli did not return. The Epsteins sold the building to Hested Stores which spent $15,000 converting the store in 1950 for their retail purposes. That store launched December 30, 1950. The venue was still standing in the 2020s with a masked front.

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