Cosmo Theatre

730 S. Brand Boulevard,
Glendale, CA 91204

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The Cosmo Theatre was opened in 1925, with 700 seats. In the 1950, 1951, and 1952 editions of Film Daily Yearbook, it is listed as the Cosmos Theatre with 688 seats, but that name spelling could be a mis-print by the Film Daily Yearbook.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2007 at 4:31 am

The Cosmo Theatre was built in 1925. Southwest Builder & Contractor issue of January 30 that year announced the plans, describing it as a one-story brick picture theatre and store building, to cost $16,000. It was financed by a Mr. S.P. Offut.

Daily Variety of July 18, 1941, announced that Grover Smith planned to close the Cosmo Theatre and build a new theatre nearby. Whether the Cosmo was closed at that time or not, according to Southwest Builder & Contractor’s issue of July 11, Mr. Smith had already been named as the lessee of the new Vogue Theatre, which was soon to be built across Brand Boulevard from the Cosmo.

drb
drb on April 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

If the address is wrong and it was actually 710 S Brand instead of 730, then it’s still standing, as there’s a one-story brick building there that’s the right size and vintage, currently used as a BMW repair garage. Otherwise it’s gone.

drb
drb on April 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Oddly enough, Google Maps incorrectly places you at 710 instead of 730, which is why I wound up checking that location first. Google’s older aerial view shot shows a building across the street from the still-standing Vogue theater (735 S, now Glendale Nissan) that may have been the Cosmo, but it’s since been torn down and replaced by a huge dealership.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2010 at 9:01 am

The Cosmo remained open at least as late as 1950, when the August 12 issue of Boxoffice said that operator Grover Smith planned to shutter the house on the 19th of that month.

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