OCP Reveals Plans For Theatre Operations; Leases Retail Space To Owen Valley Winery
The mission of the Tivoli is to provide quality, affordable programming and serve as a gathering place for residents of Spencer and the surrounding area through the presentation of films, performing arts and entertainment events. As a celebrated historic landmark working toward a sustainable future, the Tivoli also aims to inspire downtown revitalization and enhance pride in the community.
“We know the community wants to see movies, and that’s our top priority right now,” OCP board member Kathy Cook said. “We’re committed to presenting a regular, reliable movie schedule on the weekends so everyone knows where to be on Friday and Saturday night. We’ll be showing first run movies ‘off the break’ which means we may not be booking a film the same day it hits theaters, but the Tivoli will be showing movies one to two weeks after their initial release date.”
The board is also looking at options to show classic movies on special occasions, and expects live music and theater to find a home on the Tivoli’s stage.
“This is going to be a place for people in Owen County to celebrate together, to learn, and to give back to their community and meet their neighbors through volunteer opportunities,” OCP President Deb Jordan said. “And we hope that the restoration of the Tivoli will reenergize the downtown square, and encourage other people to invest in downtown. We’ve seen what historic theaters in other small towns can do to boost a community. This is really a dream come true for Spencer.”
The group is also excited to announce that the adjoining retail space north of the theater has been leased to a local agricultural enterprise, the Leaderbrand family’s Owen Valley Winery. OCP was excited to find a community oriented, locally-owned family business to rent the retail space and believes that an established business like OV Winery will prove to be a stable tenant. The winery has plans for a tasting room to showcase wine made from locally grown grapes, and plans to offer local artisanal food products. These items won’t replace the Tivoli’s own traditional concession stand offering popcorn, candy and pop, which will be the only refreshments allowed inside the theater.
As plans take shape and the vision for the Tivoli starts to become reality, the board is thrilled that the Tivoli will be fulfilling many of the same things E.M. Viquesney set out to accomplish when he built the theater in the 1920s.
“It’s here to do just what it did in 1928,” Jordan said. “Viquesney built the Tivoli for the families of Spencer so they didn’t have to drive out of town for entertainment. He also wanted to give people a glimpse of a world outside
Owen County – a taste of Hollywood and the wonders of the world with the Spanish garden style auditorium. When people walk through those doors in April, we hope they walk into that fantasy world again.”
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon from OCP. The group will soon be ready to introduce the new director of the Tivoli. In the meantime, visit the newly launched www.spencertivoli.org to see renovation photos, contact the board of directors, sign up to volunteer, read about the theatre’s history, and more.
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