Cozy Theatre

1635 W. Linden Avenue,
South Bend, IN 46628

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The Linden Theatre was opened prior to 1931. By 1941 it had been renamed Cozy Theatre. It was still operating in 1950. By 1966 it was occupied by the Holiness Church of God, who are still in the building in 2014.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Richard Bakos

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AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on January 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Thanks for putting up the page for this theatre! I am so glad the building is still standing and hope I can visit it someday when I am traveling through Indiana.

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Pipe Organ”, pg. 629, the “Linden Th.” in South Bend, Indiana, originally had a 2 manual, 4 rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed.

No further details, such as blower info, nameplate (Seeburg-Smith, Smith, Smith-Geneva, etc), or install date are given in the book, since they weren’t known at the time of publication.

Does anybody know where this organ (or its parts) is/are today? Could it still be installed in the building, but now in use as a church organ?

(Don’t laugh; the removal and resale of unwanted smaller theatre pipe organs to poorer or less discriminating churches, often with some changes, such as: 1. removal and sometimes trashing of the traps and some percussions, and/or 2. swapping of some of the louder theatrical pipe ranks for softer churchier ones, saved many theatre pipe organs from going to the dump in the days when they were completely unwanted and being trashed left and right).

Thanks for any info anyone can provide! This is all for the Smith theatre pipe organ webpage I’ll be putting up eventually (not ready yet). I’d also really like to see some interior photos of this building, if the church is so inclined to provide any (they may not want to).


Does anybody know about the “Castle Theatre”, or the “LaSalle Theatre” in South Bend? I would create pages for them but don’t know how to do that.

According to Mr. Junchen’s book (same page), the “Castle Theatre” had a Seeburg-Smith organ installed in 1920 and the LaSalle Theatre also had some type of Smith organ, further details and install date unknown.

I have no idea what happened to these two theatres and organs and would like to know more. Thanks!

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