Classic Cinemas founder Willis Johnson passes away

The Downers Grove Historical Society is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Willis Johnson, owner of Classic Cinemas and Downers Grove’s beloved Tivoli Theatre on August 16. Earlier this year the Historical Society honored Willis and his wife Shirley with our annual Historians of the Year award. This was followed by the premiere screening of “History Happens Here: The Tivoli Theatre“. Created by filmmaker Jim Toth, the documentary tells the story of the Tivoli Theatre and features interviews with Willis, Shirley, and Chris Johnson. We are so grateful that the life of Willis and his love of the Tivoli Theatre have been captured and highlighted for all to enjoy.

The Historical Society extends our heartfelt condolences to the entire Johnson family.

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