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Cosmo Theatre

7938 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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Cosmo Theatre

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The Cosmopolitan Theatre opened around 1913 in the North Englewood neighborhood on S. Halsted Street between W. 79th Street and W. 80th Street, originally for the Ascher Brothers circuit. It was later operated as part of the Cooney Brothers, and still later, the Warner Brothers and Stanley-Warner chains.

The Cosmo Theatre, as it was known in its later years, operated and least into the 1950’s. By 1960 it had been converted into a dance hall named the Holiday Club. It has since been demolished and a supermarket sits on the site of the Cosmo Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm

The Aschers sold in April 1923, according to the Tribune:

THEATER, STORES SOLD BY ASCHER; PRICE, $328,000

According to the revenue stamps on the deed, Nathan Ascher, president of the Cosmopolitan Securities company, was paid $328,000, subject to an incumbrance of $90,000, for the Cosmopolitan theater, store and office building.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

Here is a January 1915 ad from the Suburbanite Economist:
http://tinyurl.com/pkdp6n

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 13, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Here is a March 1915 ad from the same source:
http://tinyurl.com/n8v884

davidplomin
davidplomin on June 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm

A shame the building couldn’t be saved. Wonder how The Sunset Club was? You had a theater that was turned into a nightclub, adjoining shops and offices or apts above. Englewood has no theaters left. They had a lot once. Very sad.

Broan
Broan on January 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Here is a THSA photo. Here is another. Interesting that the windows actually opened.

Khnemu
Khnemu on October 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

An article from the June 5, 1960 Chicago Tribune refers in passing to this theater, “…and the once popular Cosmo theater, 7936 Halsted st., is now a dance hall, the Holiday club.”

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on October 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

I met my first wife at the Holiday Ballroom on Halsted in 1966. The same operator also ran the north side Holiday Ballroom in the old Times Theatre on Milwaukee north of Lawrence.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2018 at 6:29 am

Records of the American Terra Cotta Company indicate that the Cosmopolitan Theatre was designed for Ascher Brothers by the architectural firm of Newhouse & Bernham (Felix M. Bernham.) An item in the August 24, 1918, issue of The Economist said that Henry L. Newhouse was preparing plans for an addition to the Cosmopolitan Theatre.

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