THE TIVOLI THEATRE HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED – FRANCIS STREET DUBLIN
The Tivoli car park was one of the best locations in Ireland for street art and it is much missed.
Back in 2006 I, together with a friend from Italy, visited a pub on Talbot Street and had to leave after about two hours as someone started to abuse us for being gay [based on the fact that one of us had a pink umbrella, there was such an umbrella on the floor but it was not our property] … the real reason was that the person was trying to conn us into to buying him a drink and failed. Anyway, when we left the pub we realised that a building across the street had been demolished while we were in the pub. When my friend asked me what had been demolished I could not remember if it had been a shop, house or pub and that was when I decided to start my “Streets Of Dublin” project. Since 2006 I have tried my best to document the changes to the urban environment in Dublin as they take place but that task has proved to be much more difficult than I had expected because the pace has been so fast especially during the last two or three years.
The Tivoli Theatre started life as the Conciliation Hall in 1834. Located on Burgh Quay, Dublin 2; It was built as a meeting place for Daniel O’Connell’s Repeal Association. In 1897, it was rebuilt as a concert hall called the Grand Lyric Hall and changed name to the Lyric Theatre of Varieties the following year. It became known as the Tivoli in 1901. It was a modest sized music hall with seating for 1252 patrons.
The Tivoli closed in 1928 but for a short time continued to show cine-variety on Sunday nights. Finally closed in 1930 and the building became the home of the Irish Press newspaper group.
The Tivoli Theatre situated on Francis Street in the heart of Dublin’s southern city centre, was a replacement for an earlier Tivoli Theatre located on Burgh Quay, which had closed in May 1928.
Built to the designs of architect Vincent Kelly with seating provided for 700. The Tivoli Theatre opened as a cine-variety theatre on 21 December 1934. In the late-1930s it converted to full-time cinema use and was renamed Tivoli Cinema.
The Tivoli Cinema was closed in September 1964. It was converted into a nightclub, and a shop, before finally re-opening as a live theatre in 1987 and renamed Tivoli Theatre. The venue housed two flexible performance spaces: the Tivoli Theatre located upstairs and the Tivoli Live situated on the ground floor.
Upstairs was an exclusive cinema styled theatre with a flexible stage area and an extensive lighting grid with a vast array of options for hanging. A unique and historic theatre, having played host to a long line of highly revered and well loved actors, playwrights, musicians and comedians from all over the globe. It could accommodate 475 patrons and wasa highly desired space not only for the arts but for commercial use also.
The relocated theatre closed for redevelopment this year  and has been demolished
The Tivoli Theatre car park, which operated separately from the theatre. offered an urban canvas for aspiring and established street artists from all over Ireland and the rest of the world.