An historic building on the Owen County Courthouse square will soon be open to the public, nearly a year after a renovation began.
The Tivoli Theater in downtown Spencer is starting to look more familiar to citizens who remember its heyday. After Cook Group agreed to fund the restoration project last April, construction efforts became focused on restoring the building to look like it did when it opened on New Year’s Eve in 1928, including reinstalling the building’s original marquee.
Owen County Preservations President Deb Jordan hopes the theater will serve multiple purposes for the community once its renovation is completed.
“A stage that will give us first run movies as well as stage performances,” she says. “We are at a point where we could dream anything for the community to experience in a wonderful new facility.”
Jordan says the community’s reactions have been positive, and plans to use volunteer workers to keep the theater running once it is open.
“It is a pretty amazing pinch me, I’m dreaming, I’m going to have a chance to meet all my community,” she says. “We’re all going to have a wonderful time together. We’ll see the greatest of the movies and we’ll relive so many moments together. It is a dream, a dream come true.”
The theater’s restoration is set to be complete April 1.