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 South 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 on November 26, 2008 at 12:24 am

The phone number in 1953 was RAdcliff 3-9452, but since their phone was stolen I wouldn’t recommend trying to call.

kencmcintyre on December 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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


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 on May 16, 2009 at 6:43 am

Here is a January 1915 ad from the Suburbanite Economist:

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2009 at 4:54 am

Here is a March 1915 ad from the same source:

davidplomin on June 23, 2015 at 3:58 am

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 on January 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm

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

Khnemu on October 19, 2016 at 2:13 pm

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 on October 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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.

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