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Following Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's announcement at a press conference Friday that the Tivoli Theatre could reopen effective today, Tivoli Foundation Executive Director Nick Wilkinson said the venue will announce "a great slate of movies" on Monday.

"We are excited about this opportunity because we have North America's greatest film system and we can put it to use."

The foundation spent $350,000 in 2018 to install the largest drop-down screen in North America, as well as a new 4K digital projector, and an immersive surround sound system featuring 24 speakers placed throughout the historic building. The screen is 50 feet across and covers the entire stage area. 

 Wilkinson said the movie schedule, which will likely kick off this Friday, will include a slate of classic films and several newer films with ties to Chattanooga. He said social distancing, as well as other safety measures will be followed and that movies offer the best way for that to happen. He added an announcement will also be coming soon regarding rescheduled dates for events that were postponed because of the coronavirus.

The film series is named in honor of the late Bobby Stone, a foundation board member, a philanthropist and the (retired) co-founder of Atomic Films, as well as a great fan of movies, who died in 2018.

The movie system was funded in part by the Bobby Stone Foundation.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

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