St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

THAT'S THE TICKET (TAKER)!; VEST-CLAD JOHN THOMPSON LIVES UP TO HIS REP AS "THAT NICE MAN" AT THE TIVOLI.(SERIES: So that's who that is Tivoli ticket taker John Thompson)(EVERYDAY MAGAZINE)(JOHN THOMPSON\ TICKET-TAKER\ TIVOLI THEATER)

Byline: Joe Holleman Of The Post-Dispatch

The Tivoli Theatre in the University City Loop brings back the comfortable feelings of old-time moviegoing: red velvet ropes, art deco interior, movie posters from long ago and a huge main screen with a curtain that goes up and down, instead of side to side.

It also has John Thompson, always in a vest and with an Irish twinkle. For more than 23 years, Thompson has been "that nice man who takes the tickets."

Even if they don't know his name, Tivoli regulars appreciate his courteous ways, whether it's taking tickets, changing the marquee or offering critiques of the theater's fare.

"All I ever really wanted to be was a nice person," said Thompson, 63. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.