Cosmo Theatre

176 E. 116th Street,
New York, NY 10029

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Warren's photo of auditorium

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This neighborhood house played out its last years with double feature action flicks. An occasional Canon or New Line film would open here first run. It closed around 1983.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2008 at 7:29 am

Here’s a new link to a vintage view of the auditorium:
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joot29
joot29 on October 27, 2008 at 8:07 am

OMG. I’ll never forget being at the Cosmo when the blackout hit NYC (was it 1977?). If I remember correctly, it was either “Westworld” or “Island of Dr. Moreau” (or both?). Anyway…..the lights go out, the movie stops, etc…..but no one is freaking out just yet…..we’re just waiting for things to get back to normal. But they don’t. Then I can hear some commotion outside. My mother is freaking out. The noise is escalating, and then people start storming out of the theater. My mother grabs both my hand and my brother’s so hard that the next day we still had red marks on our wrists! As we walked out of the theater, it was a surreal scene. Stores being looted, traffic, commotion, sirens going off. I’ll never forget it.

DeliaFernandez21
DeliaFernandez21 on December 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

My God! Blast from the past! I grew up in Spanish Harlem in the 70s and 80s when La Marqueta was still functioning. I vividly remember our family’s weekly outings to the Cosmo Thearter! My mother, father, brother and I! I can still smell the popcorn! The beautiful marble floors and staircases, the old fashioned bathrooms and the long velvet drapes that hung from ceiling to floor in the screening room itself! What a beautiful time to grow up in and what a beautiful community with such flavor and sense of family! The best time of my life! What a great memory and an even greater loss! Those times in Spanish Harlem with my family will live in my heart forever! Que viva El Barrio y las jentes latinas que se vivieron y suigen viviendo en esa communidad tan especial!

jrock
jrock on January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

great story joot29. i lived up there for 8 years in late 1990s-2000’s and remember the blackout if 2003(or was it 04)…different times

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

The Cosmo Theatre can be seen at the left side of this 1932 photo from the Municipal Archives: lunaimaging

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

Portions of the marquee and vertical sign can also be seen at the extreme left here: lunaimaging

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

The Cosmo’s marquee can be seen in the top right corner of this page from a 1946 trade journal: boxofficemagazine

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