Cosmo Theatre

7938 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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The Cosmopolitan Theatre opened around 1913 in the North Englewood neighborhood on South Halsted Street between 79th Street and 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. Today, a supermarket sits on the site of the Cosmo Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Englewood on October 14, 2007 at 2:18 pm

From the Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1945:

John Camplan, owner of the Cosmo theatre,
7938 S. Halsted st., told police yesterday that
burglars entered the theater thru an open
stage door Wednesday and took a pay tele-
phone from a booth.”

kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm

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 1:51 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 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Here is a January 1915 ad from the Suburbanite Economist:

kencmcintyre on June 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Here is a March 1915 ad from the same source:

davidplomin on June 22, 2015 at 7:58 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 on January 17, 2016 at 10:16 am

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

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