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Memories of The Tivoli Buckley
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Smile Memories of The Tivoli Buckley - 06-07-2011, 22:17

Hi Nick,

Your feature brought back many happy memories. I was born in Buckley in 1946 and have strong associations with the Tivoli.
We had a skiffle group called The Blue Skifflers and played at a kids matinee one Saturday in 1957 (approx) We were sponsored by the then manager (a Mr Roberts I believe) and were fortunate to play in the penultimate pantomime performed there. I could write a small book on this and believe me I can still conjour up the sights and smells of how the Tivoli was then not to mention all the characters involved.
We ironically also performed a last ever gig as the Chariots (best known for supporting The Beatles at Mold at the Tivoli.
Hope you find this of interest and if you want more do let me know.
Incidentally I bet if you looked behind certain walls on the top floor you would find other historical treasures, I remember poster and promotional material being stuffed behind walls in any possible hidey-hole !!!
Thanks for the memory jolt

Knid regards

Terry Wilcock

Access was very easy seeing as I was at the Tiv on official musical photography-ness, and invited Sloth and Minxy along for the explore before the main gig of FFAF.

The Tiv has been a cinema, theatre and today it is a nightclub, and a very active one too. It was built in 1925, and was built on the site of the former Central Hall which was demolished in 1920. In 1932, a tradition started of running an annual pantomime. Dennis Griffiths produced a version of Dick Whittington in 1933 and a pantomime ran for 27 years. The last performance finished on March 14th 1959. It was Puss in Boots.

Circa 1930

There are numerous tales of ghosts / spirits who reside in the building, most notably the Projectionist who died in the projection room when there was a fire in the building. The topmost floor has remained 'AS-IS' after the fire and smoke damage is evident in the stairwell and projection room. The Projection room now is used as a paint store, and all traces of its former use have gone.

As we head up the stairs from the ground floor, past the admin office on the 1st floor we get to the top of the stairs, and see these doors, covered with orange plastic.

As soon as we head in, we see the gallery is being used as storage for all the items from the Tiv's history, but theres a little of that later.

As you can see its quite decayed up here now, but plenty of original colour and fittings are still to be seen.

Including Leather paneling on the doors

I love the colour on the walls

not too keen on the carpet, but its the original one from when the gallery was in use

Some more features

Now we get onto the most impressive part - the ceiling!

Now onto tonight's main feature, A film by Mr G. Stevens, entitled 'GIANT' - featuring James Dean.


Thanks for looking, and sorry about the quality of some of the pics[/QUOTE]
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