Cozy Theatre

136 N. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Opened as the Palm 1 Theatre in 1914 seating 300. The theatre was remodeled and enlarged to seat 650 in 1918. It was remodeled in 1930 and renamed the Cozy Theatre. The theatre was located on N. Illinois Street and W. Wabash Street.

A bit of trivia on the Cozy Theatre: on May 14, 1938 it played the movie “Assassin of Youth”, a marijuana drug expose film. The Cozy Theatre closed in 1957. An office building now stands on the site of the theatre.

Contributed by Chuck

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croghand
croghand on March 31, 2006 at 5:41 am

torn down for an office building

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

The house at 136 N. Illinois Street was listed as the Palms Theatre in Polk’s 1919 Indianapolis City Directory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

In 1916, The Indianapolis Star was listing two houses called the Palms Theatre. In addition to the one on North Illinois Street there was one at 30th Street and Highland Place.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Motion Picture World, January 26, 1918, page 556 has several paragraphs describing upcoming, extensive renovations planned for the Palms Theatre 136-138 N Illinois Street.

“Edward G. Sourbier…owner of the Palms, has announced that the new arrangement will increase the seating capacity from 300 to 650…” It describes how the wall behind the screen will be taken down and the building extended by 40 feet.

The article goes on to mention that a new Wurlitzer organ will be installed, but the Wurlitzer lists do not show that they sold an organ in Indianpolis until 1922 and that was for the Circle Theatre.

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