Cozy Theatre

Main Street,
Cabool, MO 65689

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The Victory Theatre was opened in the mid-1910’s. It was later renamed Brownie Theatre and then New Victory Theatre. In 1929 it was equipped to show ‘talkies’ and was renamed New Cabool Theatre. It was renamed the Cozy Theatre in 1935. The theatre seated 273 and closed in 1948 when the State Theatre opened. Both theatres had the same owner.

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 10, 2016 at 5:24 am

This was very likely the Victory Theatre/Brownie Theatre/New Victory Theatre which began during World War I and running through the silent era (see ads in photos). It likely was fitted with sound and became the New Cabool Theatre in 1929. The Cabool theater was purchased by O.L. Gentry who operated the nearby Lyric Theatre in Houston in 1929. Gentry renamed the Lyric to the Melba in Houston. He’s likely the one who rebranded the New Cabool as the Cozy Theatre although two other operators who follow him during the 1930s — Charles M. Cain and Richard “J.H.” Fisher — could be responsible for the name change. The theater’s trajectory would appear to time out with 30 years of leasing which conclude in 1948 with the theatre replaced by the State.

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