Cozy Theater

8 N. Main Street,
Tulsa, OK

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deleted user
[Deleted] on February 9, 2007 at 8:18 am

The Cozy may have had a Reproduco player piano/organ combination unit for silent films. These were popular with many theaters of this size.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on March 12, 2007 at 11:25 am

While visiting a dear friend in Tulsa a few years back, his beloved great uncle told us all about the Cozy Theatre.
Decorated inside/out in Southwestern styling with earth tone colors, unglazed red tile, and rough stucco, the clean Cozy Theatre was popular amoung both white and black audiences. A T-shape lobby flaired out into a wide standee. Lighting fixtures were composed of hammered iron and amber tulip glass.
Auditorium sidelights gave off an amber glow that was warm and comforting. Because of its steep slope, main floor seating was stadium type, but there was also a good size balcony that was a “make out” spot for teenagers. An oversized movie screen had to be placed exactly at the right sight line in order to keep balcony rails from blocking rear seat views. Rough wood beams supported a stepped ceiling, silk and velvet tapestry dressed sidewalls, while amber valour drapes defined the stage.
Rows of tracks ran beneath the Cozy Building and during it last years the shuttered theatre became home to rail tramps. Many years passed before a wrecking crew finally came to tear down this dilapidated, but still lovely little movie house.

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 12, 2007 at 2:21 pm

Melba:
A very accurate description of the old Cozy Theatre. Due to the floor slope the entire interior was a “form follows function” step pattern. In keeping with this scheme auditorium isles on both the main floor and balcony ran along side walls.
Because multiple railroad tracks ran underneath this structure it was not so much torn down as it was dismantled. Wrecking crews had to take the building apart piece by piece, reversing the process it took to build it.

seymourcox
seymourcox on April 28, 2007 at 10:37 am

A c1930s rooftop view of the Cozy Theatre. On the opposite end of the same bridge sat the Uptown Theatre.
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/B1378.jpg

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 17, 2007 at 5:03 pm

When this c1970 shot was snapped the Cozy Theatre was already falling into ruin, blade sign and boxoffice long since removed -
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/E0070.jpg

Rodney
Rodney on July 7, 2007 at 10:43 am

Besides the Cozy and Uptown, other theatres can be seen in the (04/28/07) posted photo. Photo center, at the bottom of the viaduct can be seen the Lyric Theatre. Photo left, the Grand Theatre can be seen next to the Bliss Hotel.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 16, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Could we have a translation, please, for “;pert;pnnu dyoster;;”? And what language is that?

raybradley
raybradley on September 15, 2007 at 9:44 am

To view vintage exterior/interior images type in word ‘cozy’,

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You can have a lot of fun on this link by typing in words such as ‘drawing’, ‘architecture’, ‘theatre’, and other theatrical terms …

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

Tulsa, Okla.-E.J. Baker got tired as the feature unwound at the Cozy Theater here and decided to go to bed. This he proceeded to do by removing his trousers and curling up in a seat where for a time he passed unnoticed. During a break in the show, he was arrested on a drunk charge.

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