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Tivoli Theatre (1914 - 1955) (New Brighton)



  • Existence: 1914 - 1955
  • Usage: 1914 - 1928
  • Usage: 1940 - 1955
  • Usage: 1937 - 1938
  • Usage: 1928 - 1937


The Tivoli Theatre was built on Tower Promenade, New Brighton by the New Brighton Tivoli Company Ltd in 1914. From its inception it had a succession of owners, including showman Pat Collins, who owned it between 1923 and 1925.

In 1928, once again under new ownership, it was renamed the Tivoli Super Cinema and run as a cinema and variety theatre.

In 1937 the theatre became known as New Tivoli, but soon after, it closed its doors and remained unoccupied until 1940. In 1940 The Tivoli Lessees Ltd reopened the theatre during the Second World War in a bold move to raise the morale of the population through entertainment, unfortunately The Tivoli was damaged by enemy action and had to close for the remainder of the war. In 1945 the Tivoli reopened its doors once again under new management and remained in operation until 1955, when the popularity of cinema and the advent of television caused the demise of British variety theatre.

In the late 1950s the Tivoli was transformed into an amusement arcade, which remained in operation until the early 1970s. In 1976 the building was demolished after a fire.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Handby Celeine Collection

Reference code: NFA0107
Scope and Contents

Posters, photographs, programmes, 1 piece of sheet music for six instruments and a small amount of business records and correspondence relating to the dancing and burlesque comedy on skates.

Dates: c1920 - 1945; 2020

Posters, c1920 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38
Scope and Contents

British theatre posters presenting Handby Celeine acts among others.

Dates: c1920 - 1939

The New Tivoli Poster, Week commencing Monday 29 June c1931

Reference code: 178R38.15
Scope and Contents

New Brighton. Alfredo and his Gypsy Band featuring Eddie Gaye, Claude Cavvalotti, Jack Mitchell and Taree, Eddie Lyons & Joe Fay, Astor & Astoria comedy juggling act, The 3 Zanoffs, Arthur Worsley ventriloquist act, Handby Celeine Trio comedy skating act, Max Hoffman comedy act. Blue type on white background with decorative blue border. Printed by Taylors, Theatrical Printers, Wombwell, Yorkshire.

Dates: Week commencing Monday 29 June c1931