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The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Minster

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4.6/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, was built in Wimborne Minster in 1936 as a theatre and cinema. It features a wide variety of Art Deco features, including original chrome and Bakelite door handles.Threatened with demolition in 1979 for a road-building scheme that was later abandoned, the theatre fell into disrepair and closed in April 1980. After lengthy campaigning, volunteers restored the theatre throughout 1993, and the theatre reopened to the public in November of that year.<ref name = about/ Over the last Ten Years the Theatre has grown into a Thriving Live music Venue. It has had many Acts play such as Wishbone Ash Acker Bilk and Many others. American Blues Artist Larry Garner recorded a live album in October 2009. Preheps the Biggest Name that the Tivoli has attrated is Charlie Watts he plays with a group under the Name the ABC And D of Boogie Woggie. Many Comedians also use the Venue as a Warm up Lee Evans one of the most notable. Al Murry is a regular and Eddie Izard has also done a show there. The theatre also serves as the venue for the Wimborne Musical Theatre, as well as the Wimborne Drama, who stage three productions each year.
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  • I am fortunate enough to be living 14 miles north of the town of Wimborne and visit this theatre about 2 - 3 times a year for over 10 years depending on who's performing . The theatre was built in 193...  read more »
  • Often go here for live music shows or the cinema. It's a fabulous little theatre. It has a bar and sweets and icecream counters. Highly recommended. 
  • I must confess I am biased as I am a volunteer at this theatre. It really is a little gem, and a focus for the community. Run with a few paid staff and an army of volunteers it offers a diverse progra...  read more »
  • A venue unlike many others. I tend to visit here for stage shows such as comedy and live music. A small and intimate venue which allows you to really feel a part of the performance. Good value, nice old building and friendly staff running the place. Not really a place if you like the very new modern design. Certainly a classic feel here but the most important is what it offers and the team are doing a great job of providing a variety of performances.
  • As a venue I can't fault the place at all. Charming character, Impressive line up of a variety of shows and beautifully kept art deco interior. Only issue I have had recently is the in my honest opinion bad news that the place now gives tickets out early to ticket touts. As a local and loyal customer who has brought a number of family and friends through their doors. It has now become a pain getting tickets for some shows even 8-9 months in advance. If this recent trend for profit over loyalty had not come around. I would not have hesitated to give the place a strong 5 stars.
  • The place needs a bit of a make over but does the job as a theatre. Would be better if they used head mics when acting.
  • Been many times to see live music. Never been disappointed. Lots of great artists play there.
  • A great theatre amazing acoustics and no bad view anywhere.
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