The cinema was designed by architect Gerald Saunders who set the movie theatre back from the street in a forecourt. The cinema's porthole windows, geometric design and modern interior are typical architectural features of the art deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. The style exuded luxury, decadance and glamour and at the time would have stood out as a milestone of modernist design in the town.
Tivoli Art Deco Cinema
The Tivoli Cinema on Tiverton's Fore Street is a single screen, ground floor movie theatre built in the art deco style. From 1995 the cinema was run by independent operator Mike Jackson but closed in August 2007. The following year the cinema was the subject of a campaign led by Dame Helen Mirren to 'Save the Tivoli'. The cinema was purchased by Merlin Cinemas Group and re-opened on the 28th June the same year. It has since flourished and in 2011 was upgraded to digital and 3D.
The Tivoli Cinema opened on 19th December 1932 with a showing of the newly released 'Jack’s the Boy', a British comedy starring Jack Hulbert, Francis Lister, Cicely Courtneidge and Peter Gawthorne, and directed by Walter Forde. The Tivoli was originally designed with a single floor of seating but after a fire in 1951 this was replaced with the stadium seating. The seating plan was further changed in 1995 along with new projection equipment, flooring and screen.
On your visit to Tiverton please pay a visit to the Tivoli Cinema to ensure this important art deco building survives for future generations to enjoy.
Address: Tivoli Cinema, 23 Fore Street, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6LD
Telephone: 01884 255554
Website: Tivoli Cinema
Tickets & prices: See website for details.
Parking: The cinema is situated down a side street half way up the main High Street. Parking is to the rear of the cinema. From the bus station walk up Phoenix Lane and turn onto Fore Street and the Cinema is between HSBC Bank and The Carphone Wharehouse. Alternatively you can park in the Market Car park and walk directly to Fore street to come out opposite the cinema entrance.
Accessibility: The cinema has ramps to aid wheelchair users into the cinema from the main street. There are two wheelchair bays in the screen each with two extra seats alongside. As they do not allocate seats in most of their screenings, to reserve a wheelchair space within the auditorim please contact the cinema's box office during normal opening hours, this also applies should you have any questions regarding accessibility and other accessible facilities.
Disabled toilets: Yes
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Art Deco Tour
If you're inspired by the art deco design of the Tivoli Cinema then try an Art Deco Tour of London by leading London tour operators London Country Tours. Visit Central London's major art deco attractions, such as the newly developed Battersea Power Station, as well as the ecletic Eltham Palace, which is a mix of medieval and art deco design.