Among the local historic buildings, perhaps none is any more beloved than Chattanoogas landmark Tivoli Theatre.
Not only has its detailed beaux arts/French style of architectural ornamentation drawn eyes over the years, but its more temporary features the live entertainers and movies have also brought laughter, tears and other strong emotions.
What area resident over a certain age does not have a good memory of attending a certain show or movie, or of enjoying an event there with a special someone?
This March 19, the Tivoli will turn exactly 100 years old, as that will mark the anniversary of when the theater first opened to the public in 1921, with five sold-out showings of the silent Cecil B.
DeMille film, Forbidden Fruit.
While normally the anniversary would be celebrated big, the pandemic has curtailed those plans. However, with vaccinations showing signs of finally ending or greatly slowing down the health crisis in the coming weeks, Tivoli Foundation executive director Nick Wilkinson said officials hope to celebrate this year while also announcing a planned renovation/expansion.
Due to COVID, we are not going to be celebrating on the actual centennial date, but hopefully into the fall in a much bigger way, he said. We are in the ...