Cosmo Theatre

7938 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2018 at 5:29 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.

Trolleyguy on October 19, 2016 at 9:38 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.

Khnemu on October 19, 2016 at 8:13 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.”

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

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

davidplomin on June 22, 2015 at 9:58 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.

kencmcintyre on June 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Here is a March 1915 ad from the same source:

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 12:43 am

Here is a January 1915 ad from the Suburbanite Economist:

kencmcintyre on December 10, 2008 at 3:51 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 November 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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

Englewood on October 14, 2007 at 4:18 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.”