Grant sets stage for Aberdeen's Tivoli theatre comeback

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The Tivoli, in Aberdeen's Guild Street, was built in 1872

The resurrection of a historic Aberdeen theatre has taken a step forward thanks to a successful bid for more than £500,000 of funding.

The Tivoli, which has been described as a "national treasure", has not seen a performance since the 1960s.

The Green Townscape Heritage Initiative has awarded a £508,700 grant for restoration work.

The curtain came down on the Tivoli's life as a music hall and theatre in 1966.

It served out its life as a bingo hall until closing its doors in 1997.

The Green THI is aimed at regenerating one of the oldest parts of the city.

Board chairman John Stewart said: "This is a really exciting step forward for the Green Townscape Heritage Initiative and for Aberdeen.

"For many years now people have been calling for the Tivoli Theatre to be brought back to life and today marks a huge step forward in achieving that."

'Former glory'

The Tivoli is being redeveloped by new owner Brian Hendry, who said the grant was a welcome step forward.

Mr Hendry said: "I'm delighted that we can now start work. The priority will be to get the scaffolding up and start to clean the gutters and roof to protect the Tivoli for the winter.

"Hopefully people in Aberdeen will start to see changes over the coming weeks and months as we start bringing this great building back to its former glory."

The theatre, which stands in Guild Street, was built in 1872.

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