Tivoli Variety Theatre

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Tivoli Theatre
Conciliation Hall,
Grand Lyric Hall,
Lyric Theatre of Varieties
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The Tivoli c.May 1915
Address Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Owner W.H. Byrne
Type theatre,
concert hall
Capacity 700
Opened 1834
Closed 1928
Reopened 1934
Architect Peter Martin

The Tivoli Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, started life as the Conciliation Hall[1] in 1834. Located on Burgh Quay, Dublin 2; It was built as a meeting place for Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Association.[2] 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.[3]

The Tivoli closed in 1928 but for a short time continued to show cine-variety on Sunday nights.[3] Finally closed in 1930 and the building became the home of the Irish Press newspaper group.[4]

Relocation to Francis Street[edit]

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.[5]

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 houses two flexible performance spaces: the Tivoli Theatre located upstairs and the Tivoli Live situated on the ground floor.

Upstairs is 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 can accommodate 475 patrons, a highly desired space not only for the arts but for commercial use also.

Notable Performances[edit]

The venue has seen The Cranberries, Oasis, Blur, Suede, The Beastie Boys, etc. perform. With a capacity of 1,000 this is the venue for current and upcoming bands. It also has a huge following as an international DJ venue for cutting edge gigs.

It is also the residence for Irish independent wrestling promotion Over The Top Wrestling[6]


  1. ^ Finegan, John (1994). "Dublin's Lost Theatres". Dublin Historical Record. 47 (1): 96. 
  2. ^ Archiseek. "1843 – Conciliation Hall, Burgh Quay, Dublin". Archiseek. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Kerins, Des. "Tivoli Theatre, Burgh Quay, Dublin". arthurlloyd.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Philip B. The Lost Theatres of Dublin. (The Badger Press, 1998) ISBN 0-9526076-1-1
  5. ^ "About". Tivoli. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  6. ^ "ott-wrestling". ott-wrestling. Retrieved 2017-09-05.