Cozy Theatre

Hollis, OK 73550

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The Cozy Theatre was built in 1928.

Contributed by Royce

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raybradley
raybradley on February 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

Searching google maps (street view) on 8th & Broadway, any of those commercial building could have once housed a small cinema.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Open ~1930? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Could use an address or crossroads, more info and photos always welcome.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

The April 14, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News said:

“G. A. Peterson of the new Cozy theatre at Hollis, Okla., reports work is progressing nicely on this new theatre. When completed, it will have a seating capacity of 900.”

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on June 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

In my research about Reproduco organs I’ve got a listing from 1926 for the Cozy Theatre in Hollis, OK. That implies the 1928 hall was the second Cozy in town. To my ear, the name Cozy seems an unusual name for a theatre, but I’m finding a number of halls scattered around the mid-west with that name. Were they part of chain? In Joe’s link I see a reference to G.A. Peterson. Local developer? Theatre chain executive?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm

This Cozy doesn’t appear to have been part of a chain. An item about G. A. Peterson appeared in the July 1, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News that suggests he only operated in Hollis:

“The Peterson Freezem Cooling System, an Oklahoma product, will open a factory in Oklahoma City, it was announced this week. G. A. Peterson, an exhibitor of Hollis, Okla., is president of the concern.”
Cozy appears to have been a fairly popular name for theaters at one time, but I don’t know of any chain of them. There was an independently operated Cozy Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles at least as late as the 1960s. It was a tiny grind house on Broadway. I never went to it, but it had one of my favorite downtown marquees.

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