New Geico Commercial Filmed at Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, IL

President of Tivoli Enterprises, Inc./Classic Cinemas Willis Johnson shares a link to the Geico commercial shot at their Tivoli Theatre.  Willis & Shirley Johnson are long time THS members and supporters, frequent Conclave/Theatre Tour attendees, and owners of THS’s home at the historic York Theatre in Elmhurst, IL.

The commercial features the Gecko and the amazing talking Bobby as they perform the greatest ventriloquist act ever performed by a talking Gecko and his dummy.  Both the exterior and auditorium of the theatre are visible in the commercial.

According to a Downers Grove Patch article, filming closed the theatre for a day on Aug 15th and the commercial was directed by the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper.


To see the commercial on YouTube, go to


  1. Gary Parks

    I left a comment on YouTube, noting the location of the theatre and calling attention to the organ…for the uninitiated.

  2. Janice Cady

    The Tivoli Theatre holds a lot of cherished memories of the years we drove in from Iowa to watch our Grandaughter Mackenzie in dance recitals.

  3. I was born and raised in Downers Grove my whole life and Sang with the West Towns Barbershop Choir for the Christmas Extravaganza for 5yrs at the Tivoli Theatre. I have been underneath the Tivoli and in its tunnels and grew up watching movies in the Tivoli Theatre including Bowling at the Tivoli Bowl. Being surprised that a historical and well loved theatre like the “Tiv” is in a Geico commercial makes me more than happy and makes me miss Downers Grove even more since I’ve had to move to Yorkville Illinois. I’ll always have memories in Downers Grove and always love the Tivoli and one day will come back to stay again. Thank you Geico for putting my town in this commercial. Now film the book “Downers Grove” by Michael Hornburg in Downers Grove please, instead of in a town that is not even close to the town and places the book speaks of.

  4. I grew up in Downers and I just about fell off my couch last night when I saw the Tiv on my TV. I have such fond memories of the Tiv. Falling asleep on my dad’s shoulder during E.T., cheap movies and of course some one playing the ole’ WurliTzer organ before the show. It’s great the the Tivoli commercial was filmed by an Oscar worthy director. Once who can maybe appreciate the history of the theatre that once held “talkies” and Vaudeville back in the 1920s. Maybe that’s why the Tiv made the cut. I hope so. Thankfully I don’t live that far away… only in Chicago where I can still enjoy the theatre! But still proud that MY Tiv made a national… well hopefully national… commercial. :) And hey… DG is a wonderful place to live. And the list of people that came from DG is pretty amazing too. Got to give credit where credit is due.

  5. Yes, Lizzy, it is a national commercial. I saw it here in Western NY state and said to myself, “Gee, that looks like the Downers Grove Tivoli” and sure enough it was! You’re so lucky to have grown up with that wonderful theater, and Downers Grove is so lucky that the Johnson family’s Classic Cinemas continues to preserve and use that theater today.

  6. Judi Bewersdorf

    Yeah I saw it in Florida & grew up in Downers Grove & going to the Tivloli!!!!

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