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FIRST FRIDAYS at the tivoli

One Family Church presents FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE TIVOLI!


One Family Church is throwing open the doors of the NEWLY RENOVATED historic Tivoli Theatre! 


We invite the entire St. Louis community to come and experience live music, special performances, and your favorite hit movies the first Friday of each month (beginning September 1, 2023)! 


FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE TIVOLI are held the first Friday of each month at 7pm, and feature live musical entertainment, a special pre-show performance, and a fan-favorite film with popcorn, soda, and snacks.


The cost for tickets is

  • $10 for adults;
  • $7 for ages 10 and under.

Concessions will be offered for $3 or less. 


Tickets can be purchased below, or at the door while supplies last. 




6350 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130


PARKING: Available in the municipal lot next to the theatre, in the parking garage directly across the street, or in large, free lots located just north of Delmar between Leland and Kingsland.


All profits from these events will support The FAM, a non-profit organization that assists first-time African American home buyers in St. Louis. (www.thefamstl.com)


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Experience the tivoli transformation

Come experience the beautifully renovated and restored Tivoli Theatre like you’ve never seen it before! The drop ceilings in both side auditoriums have been removed, and the 40’ vaulted decorative ceilings from 1924 have been fully repaired and restored to their original splendor. 


The north auditorium has been converted into an expansive and beautifully appointed café where you can mingle with friends, enjoying delicious drinks and snacks. The south auditorium is being completely renovated to provide cozy seating nooks atop a 20’ high mezzanine overlooking the café where you can enjoy refreshments and conversations with friends. 


The main auditorium has been converted into a state-of-the-art performance venue for both live events and feature films, harkening back to its original presentations of vaudeville performances, silent films, and live music. 



For the first time ever, the Tivoli has been fitted with theatrical lighting, audio, and video capabilities. The massive 30’ screen has been motorized so that it can be whisked into the fly space for live events, and returned to its original location for film events. 


The restrooms have been upgraded, and are now beautiful and sparkling. 


The original beauty, grandeur, and magnificence of the historic Tivoli Theatre has been restored like never before. Come see for yourself! We can’t wait to see you at FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE TIVOLI!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Ever since One Family Church announced the launch of First Fridays at the Tivoli, people all across the St. Louis region have been interested in learning more about One Family Church, and about First Fridays. We hope the following information is helpful.


FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE TIVOLI


First Fridays at the Tivoli is an outreach event hosted by One Family Church designed to serve our entire community and raise funds for one of our partner organizations called The FAM (Fair Access to Mortgages). First Fridays at the Tivoli feature live jazz, refreshments, a special pre-show performance, and screenings of G, PG, or PG-13 rated films suitable for all audiences. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 10 and under, and concessions are available for $3. Anyone interested in attending First Fridays at the Tivoli can register at onefamilychurch.com/tivoli. All profits from First Fridays go to support The FAM.



THE FAM (FAIR ACCESS TO MORTGAGES)


The FAM is a non-profit organization aimed at eliminating race as a factor in homeownership throughout St. Louis in one generation. The FAM provides down payment and closing costs to African-Americans and others who have been adversely affected by a long history of race-based housing discrimination in St. Louis. In just over two years, The FAM has assisted over 100 African-American families purchase their first home. As a result, The FAM’s clients have experienced an average increase of over $20,000 in net worth per client. In total, FAM clients have purchased nearly twenty million dollars worth of real estate across the St. Louis region.


The FAM is a volunteer-led organization. Aside from one part time administrator, all FAM staff members provide their services for free. Over 98% of the donations given to The FAM go directly to its clients. To learn more about The FAM, visit thefamstl.com.


ONE FAMILY CHURCH


One Family Church is a diverse, vibrant and growing non-denominational Christian Church in the heart of St. Louis. Our mission is to “bring people and God together in love.” We are passionate about serving our community, and inviting everyone to experience the life-transforming love of Jesus at our church.


As a non-denominational Christian church, we are grounded in the teachings of the scriptures as they have been passed down from the time of Jesus to today. Like many of our brothers and sisters around the globe from nearly every Christian tradition, we wholeheartedly embrace the New Testament's teachings about every aspect of our lives: prayer, worship, work, rest, money, sex, service, relationships, and more. The timeless truths of the scriptures form the bedrock of our lives and faith. Most importantly, we embrace the core teaching of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves. Irrespective of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, identity, religion, or socio-economic status, all are welcomed with open arms into the grace and truth of Christ at One Family Church. To learn more about the church, visit onefamilychurch.com


We would love for you to join us at First Fridays at the Tivoli or worship with us any Sunday at any of our locations.


Blessings to you and yours. 


One Family Church

  • The Tivoli Theatre was purchased by One Family Church in November, 2021.

  • The renovation of the Tivoli cost approximately $1,000,000.

  • Currently, One Family Church will screen films for the public on the First Friday of each month, with all profits going to a non-profit agency called The FAM which assists first time African American homeowners in St. Louis (thefamstl.com). 

  • The Tivoli will be available for limited private events, beginning in 2024. For more information, send requests to tivoli@onefamilychurch.com

  • Please submit any suggestions tivoli@onefamilychurch.com.

ONE FAMILY CHURCH WELCOMES YOU TO THE TIVOLI THEATER


The Tivoli Theater is a 100 year-old beloved treasure in St. Louis. It is the most prominent edifice on the Historic Delmar Loop in University City and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The theater opened on May 10, 1924 with a seating capacity of 1,440. Originally, the Tivoli was a dual-purpose theater in that it hosted live vaudeville performances with live music, and also silent films. When it opened, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described the theatre as having "luxury and splendour eclipsing that of any other St. Louis theatre" and "the piece de resistance of glorified beauty."


St. Louis Magazine: The Tivoli Theatre Turns 90


Through the years, the Tivoli Theatre went through numerous name and ownership changes. For over a decade it was operated by Landmark Theatres (1977 to 1991), but suffered a long period of decline and closed in 1994.


In 1995, a local developer and visionary, Joe Edwards, purchased the Tivoli and began meticulously restoring it in an effort to bring it back to its 1924 splendour. After a renovation costing in excess of $2 million, the Tivoli Theatre reopened on May 19, 1995 as a three-screen theatre.


Landmark began operating the theater again in 1999, but stopped operating it in March of 2020.


In November of 2021, One Family Church purchased the theater and began an approximately $1,000,000 renovation to return it to its original dual purpose of both live events and film screenings. One Family Church removed the two small side auditoriums, and opened up the space for large public gatherings. The styrofoam drop ceilings were removed to expose the exquisite beauty and grandeur of the original 1924 decorative arched ceiling. As part of the renovation, One Family Church also installed:

  • a $100,000.00 professional lighting design;
  • a large professional stage;
  • motors in the original fly space to allow screens and curtains to rise and fall as originally designed;
  • a state of the art production suite;
  • a spacious cafe area and mezzanine;
  • updated bathrooms; and
  • all new seating.

One Family Church holds worship services in the Tivoli on Sunday, and will begin hosting monthly film events in 2023, focusing on classics, blockbuster films, Sundance Festival films, and family movies. The film events will include refreshments, live music, and special performances by local artists. 


St. Louis Public Radio: Tivoli Theatre In St. Louis Will Reopen With New Owners

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VISIT US ON SUNDAY

In addition to showing movies, we meet for worship every Sunday. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we would love to meet you. You'll find a casual relaxed atmosphere, vibrant and beautiful music, practical and wise teaching, and a warm and welcoming congregation! 


We'll have fresh gourmet coffee ready for you when you arrive. We also have a world class children's ministry where your kids can learn about the love of God in a fun, clean, and safe environment. 


We meet in two locations: 

  • U-City Campus (6350 Delmar Blvd) at 9 am & 10:30 am. 
  • Shaw Campus (4265 Shaw Blvd) at 10 am.

We hope to see you Sunday!