The charming and popular Tivoli Theatre on West Borough in the town of Wimborne offers a nostalgic entertainment experience with that care and attention to detail so often lost today. It was built in the golden era of art deco, 1936, as a cine/theatre, hosting a variety of film screenings and live stage shows to delight the locals.
The theatre flourished for decades before it closed in the 1980s but such was the local love and support that a community bid got it reopened in 1993 to wide public delight and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The Tivoli has been updated and restored over the last decade but it still retains the grand styling from its original construction. You might spot some of its art deco and vintage features which have stood the test of time including the original chrome and Bakelite door handles.
While it still has quite the presence in Wimborne and quite the status for visiting performers from around the globe, The Tivoli remains a small and intimate venue with just 483 seats, which means you are always guaranteed to get up and personal to the performing act. This makes for a tremendous atmosphere and great acoustics for the audience and the cast on stage. This is quite the coup when you’re watching a big-name artist on a warm up date before a run of big theatre shows, where you can be just metres away from your favourite touring stand-up act or entertainer.
The Tivoli is still a popular choice for locals wanting to enjoy the latest films and screens them with full surround sound so you’ll feel little need to trudge off to the multiplex to get the modern cinematic experience. It also plays a fair share of classic and vintage films so there’s something to appeal to all ages and interests.
If you’re driving to Wimborne the theatre is close to several of the main town centres car parks, where parking is free after 6pm. You’re also just a short stroll to the bus stop and taxi rank and close to several bars and restaurants if you want to make a night of it.
Heart of the community
The key to The Tivoli’s success today is the investment in time and energy it receives from its loyal team of volunteers. If you want to give something back to the town or the cinema or you’re looking for a new skill or a pastime you could soon be part of the venue’s front of house team, technical staff or box office team. You might offer your admin skills as part of the back-office staff, join the maintenance team in the general repairs and improvements or inspire others to invest in your passion as a fundraiser.
The Tivoli is a real treasure, combining the atmosphere and warm welcome of a local, community theatre with the reputation and bookings of a large-scale entertainment venue. Whether you want to catch a satellite broadcast of a major operatic or ballet performance or a pantomime performed by a local drama company, your favourite comedian in a pre-tour warm-up gig or your teenage crush on a come-back tour, The Tivoli can certainly put on a show.