Tivoli Theatre (University City, Missouri)

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The facade and marquee of the Tivoli Theatre

The Tivoli Theatre is now operated as home to the One Family Church located in the Delmar Loop area of University City, Missouri, US. The theatre opened on May 24, 1924, as a large, single screen theater with streetcar service in the middle of Delmar Boulevard bringing people to the theater from nearby residential neighborhoods. The theater remained open for many years, but went into decline until it was closed in 1994.

A renovation was started by developer Joe Edwards and his wife Linda and the theater re-opened on May 19, 1995. Renovation expenses exceeding $2 million attempted to restore the theater to its 1924 splendor. In 2021 Edwards agreed to sell the Tivoli Building to One Family Church and Integrity Web Consulting. In addition to the theatre the adjacent property is home to the only offices in the center of the historic St. Louis Delmar Loop.

While operating as a theatre from 1995 until 2021, the Tivoli Theatre showed predominantly independent, documentary and foreign language films, what are commonly referred to as art films, that were made primarily to show the craft of filmmaking or the art of storytelling while entertaining or informing. It occasionally showed cult films, especially at late night showings.

As of 2023, the theatre has undergone renovation under the new ownership, while also holding church services. One Family Church has also stated that the theater will open back up for showing movies only on Fridays.

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