Tivoli Cinemas will come back to life at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Long live Tivoli Cinemas, which closed its doors in Westport last April, leaving behind three-and-a-half decades of movie memories and a big hole in the local cinema scene. 

Today, five months later, a joyous announcement: Starting October 21, the theater’s art-house movies are coming to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s 500-seat auditorium. The Nelson-Atkins board has voted to add a larger film screen to the auditorium, purchase new digital projection and audio equipment, and establish a new film program called Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins.

Tivoli owner Jerry Harrington, who first opened the theater in 1983, will oversee the program, which will screen independent, foreign, and classic films four times a week: Sundays at 1 p.m., Mondays at 11:15 a.m., Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and Fridays at 7 p.m. 

“I think it was the enthusiasm, both of our board, of our patrons, of our staff, for making this happen that has allowed us to move in this very, very, very speedy way,” Julián Zugazagoitia, the Nelson’s director and CEO told KCUR. “And it’s also recognition of how beloved Tivoli is in the city.” 

Harrington already has plans for the first few films he will show in the cinema’s new location, including the 1926 silent film “The General” and the 1940s film “I Know Where I’m Going.”

“This is such an amazing opportunity for film lovers in Kansas City,” Harrington said in a news release. “My heart was broken when the Tivoli closed. I could never have imagined re-opening the doors in such a magnificent setting.”

Tickets will run $10, or $7 for museum members, and can be bought online at nelson-atkins.org or at the box office in the museum. You can sign up for emails from the Nelson about which movies are screening week-to-week here

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