Sat July 10 – Tour the Tivoli in Downers Grove, IL

Historical Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove, Illinois  Tours hosted by THS members Willis and Shirley Johnson and their Classic Cinemas, Inc.

Saturday, July 10th 2010  10:00 a.m. to Noon

Tours last an hour and start every 15 minutes 

 Tivoli Theatre

 Have you ever wanted to go behind-the-senses at the Tivoli? Here is your chance! Join us for a tour of the Tivoli Theatre which includes: History of Tivoli Theatre and Building, Projection Booth, Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, Backstage, Dressing Rooms and Tivoli Bowl.

History of the Tivoli Theatre and Building

Learn how Classic Cinemas started 32 years ago with the Tivoli, our first theatre, from owner Willis Johnson.

Projection Booth

See how films are put together on our platter system plus our newest digital and 3D equipment.

Wurlitzer Pipe Organ

Hear the 3 manual 10 rank organ demonstrated by one of our house organist. The organ is owned and maintained by CATOE (Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts).


See what is behind the screen. The Tivoli Stage Crew will give you an “All Access Pass” to the technical workings of live theatre.

Dressing Rooms

Visit the rooms below the stage where our performers prepare for their moment in the spotlight.

Tivoli Bowl

Travel thru the lower level of the building thru our “secret passage”, into our bowling center. On the way you will see the pinsetters in action. Tivoli Bowl has twelve lanes with computerized scoring, automatic bumpers and party rooms.

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