Tivoli Theatre

138 Francis Street,
Dublin 8

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Architects: Vincent Kelly

Previous Names: Tivoli Cinema

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Tivoli Theatre

Located in the south of the city centre. The Tivoli Theatre was a replacement for an earlier Tivoli Theatre located on Burgh Quay, which had closed in May 1928. Built to the designs of architect Vincent Kelly with seating provided for 700. The Tivoli Theatre opened as a cine/variety theatre on 21st December 1934. In the late-1930’s it converted to full-time cinema use and was re-named Tivoli Cinema.

The Tivoli Cinema was closed in September 1964. It was converted into a nightclub, and a shop, finally re-opening as a live theatre in the early-2000’s and re-named Tivoli Theatre. In 2003 a planning application was lodged to demolish the Tivoli Cinema and build apartments and retail on the site, and to include a new theatre. Alterations to these plans were approved in April 2005, but the Tivoli Theatre carried on until it closed in January 2019 with the pantomime “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. It was soon demolished and housing was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on December 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm

A 2005 photo – looking newly spruced-up:–


popcorn_pete on October 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

The Tivoli opened with the comedy film The Cockeyed Cavaliers, the opening ceremony was carried out by Alderman P.J. Medlar.

Biffaskin on July 3, 2023 at 2:53 pm

Built for J.J. Fagan.

Ian on July 4, 2023 at 3:09 am

The ‘last ever pantomime at the Tivoli’ (Snow White) took place in January 2019, and the theatre was demolished very soon after. It has been replaced by Tivoli Square, a mixed housing / retail development, but there does not appear to be a replacement theatre.

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