Olde Walkerville Theatre

1564 Wyandotte Street East,
Windsor, ON N9A 3L2

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Architects: Charles Howard Crane

Functions: Live Performances, Performing Arts

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Walkerville Theatre, Tivoli Theatre

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Olde Walkerville Theatre

The Walkerville Theatre was designed by architect C. Howard Crane in 1918, and built in 1920. At that time, it sat on the border between the town of Walkerville and the city of Windsor, of which Walkerville later became part of.

Originally a venue for vaudeville, it later converted to showing movies. In 1930, it was renamed the Tivoli Theatre and received an Art Deco style facade.

The theatre closed in 1963 and later served as a bingo hall.

In 2000, it was converted into a gay nightclub called ‘Life’ which closed in around 2004.

Since then new owners of the building carried out plans for use as a performing arts centre and renovations were completed in 2014.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

walkervilletheatre on June 5, 2007 at 2:48 am

I’m not sure if anyone checks this page but just in case I wanted to let people know that I"m part of a collective working to reopen the Walkerville Theatre as an arts/culture centre. It will be a place for local artists to showcase their talents. As well it will be a space for cultural activities. I can’t wait to have the Aboriginal women’s drum group participate in our opening gala :D

If you would like more information as to the progress in getting the doors open once again send me an email at

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on May 25, 2008 at 12:03 am

Some amazing recent (Nov 2007) pictures of the theatre are here..

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Looks in far better shape then I would have thought…

If only I had the $550,000…

CSWalczak on June 9, 2008 at 9:40 am

Pictures of the Tivoli from 1947:
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CSWalczak on June 10, 2008 at 8:11 am

The links to the 1947 pictures of the Tivoli in Windsor are no longer working, but the pictures can be seen by going to the Images database on the Ontario Archives website at:

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and entering ‘Tivoli Windsor’ in the search window.

GeekInDenial on June 28, 2009 at 8:32 am

I grew up a stones throw away from the Tivoli Threatre in the 70’s. I was doing some yardage research for Dominion golf course and stumbled upon an old score card on the Dominion Golf Course web site that had an advertisement for the Tivoli Theatre.
http://dominiongolf.com/gallery-history.html See the scorecard link. The Tivoli Theatre advertisement has a phone number of 4-1501. Since the green fees at Dominion golf course was 85 cents for 18 holes, it would suggest that the score card is from the very early 1930’s. Dominion Golf course was built in 1929.

kazmir on April 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

My grandfather owned this place for sometime under malach games, he also owned malach roofing… i spend alot of time, playing around in this theatre and eating free hotdogs, from the nice man at the front
confectionary, that i’m sure is passed, as i’m 36, and when i was a child looking in amazement at this place, was probably only 7 or 8…. would love some feedback at

kazmir on April 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

why hasn’t someone noted that my grandfather owned the tivoli, electronic bingo, his four daughters were the successors… then had to sell b/c of immigration laws… two went to move to the states, two stayed in canada.
at the time, you couldn’t have 50% ownership from americans….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

it played up in the 1930’s has having the best sound.“DAVID COPPERFIELD” played at the Tivoli.

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