Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove named ‘Best Movie Theatre’ in magazine poll of readers; Classic Cinemas earns multiple accolades

Downers Grove, Ill.

And the award goes to … ! For the fifth consecutive year, the Tivoli Theatre was picked “Best Movie Theatre” by readers of West Suburban Living Magazine for its “Best of the West 2012” edition. Located at 5021 Highland Ave. in downtown Downers Grove, the Classic Cinemas theater was not only selected again, but made this year’s magazine cover.

The Tivoli Theatre was the very first operated by Classic Cinemas (circa 1978). Built in 1928, the Tivoli was one of the first “sound” theaters in the country, and today stands as an iconic landmark. Notably, many features of the movie house still reflect its historic French Renaissance design. The 1,012-seat theater offers a state-of-the-art movie experience with movies presented with the latest 4k Digital Projection and Sound equipment and in Digital 3-D. Not only does the Tivoli offer movie screenings, but also is home to the twice monthly programs by the After Hours Film Society. Throughout the year, it features many local performing arts groups such as the Midwest Ballet.

“It is such an honor to be selected as the best movie theater for the fifth year in a row,” says Chris Johnson, vice president of Classic Cinemas. “The Tivoli Theatre carries over 80 years of history, and will continue to make history in the years to come.”

Receiving third place for “Best Movie Theatre” was another Classic Cinemas theater, Ogden 6, 1227 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, a first for that theater. Other favorites included the Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles, the Lake Theatre in Oak Park, and the York in Elmhurst, all part of Classic Cinemas.

When Willis and Shirley Johnson, parents of Chris, took on the preservation, restoration and operation of the Tivoli in 1978, they knew they had found their passion. Saving landmark movie theaters has since become the family’s mission and business. Classic Cinemas has grown to 13 theaters with 100 screens in 12 communities in northern Illinois. For more information on the Tivoli Theatre, visit www.classiccinemas.com for a virtual tour.

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