Cozy Theatre

8 N. Main Street,
Tulsa, OK 74103

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Previous Names: Lyric Theatre No. 2

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Cozy Theatre

The Lyric Theatre No. 2 was opened in May 1910. It was renamed Majestic Theatre on August 20, 1910. Following a refresh, it reopened on February 23, 1911 as the Cosy Theatre. It was closed suddenly on January 9, 1930. It was reopened on February 22, 1931. It was closed September 13, 1960 with Brigette Bardot in “Babbett Goes to War” and Alec Guinness in “Our Man in Havana”. On December 29, 1978 the building suffered damage from a fire which was started by transients sheltering in the building trying to keep warm. The remains were demolished in January 1979.

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seymourcox on April 28, 2007 at 10:37 am

A c1930s rooftop view of the Cozy Theatre. On the opposite end of the same bridge sat the Uptown Theatre.

seymourcox on May 17, 2007 at 5:03 pm

When this c1970 shot was snapped the Cozy Theatre was already falling into ruin, blade sign and boxoffice long since removed -

Rodney on July 7, 2007 at 10:43 am

Besides the Cozy and Uptown, other theatres can be seen in the (04/28/07) posted photo. Photo center, at the bottom of the viaduct can be seen the Lyric Theatre. Photo left, the Grand Theatre can be seen next to the Bliss Hotel.

raybradley on September 15, 2007 at 9:44 am

To view vintage exterior/interior images type in word ‘cozy’,

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You can have a lot of fun on this link by typing in words such as ‘drawing’, ‘architecture’, ‘theatre’, and other theatrical terms …

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

Tulsa, Okla.-E.J. Baker got tired as the feature unwound at the Cozy Theater here and decided to go to bed. This he proceeded to do by removing his trousers and curling up in a seat where for a time he passed unnoticed. During a break in the show, he was arrested on a drunk charge.

OKCdoorman on November 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

If I can upload the actual article and striking B&W picture soon it will explain itself but… Several of the single-screen B-picture theatres of Tulsa all closed around September 1960 for some reason (perhaps simple urban decay). A Tulsa Tribune story, “Final Curtain Falls at Cozy/Nearly Half Century of Screening Ends,” pp. 30, featured a same-day interview with the Cozy’s owner, 65 year-old Ben Wright (looking in the distance with the Cozy’s now-blank marquee behind him), lists the address as 2 Main Street instead of 8 Main, and closed on Tuesday, September 13, 1960, the final double-feature being Brigette Bardot in BABETTE GOES TO WAR, and Alec Guinness & Burl Ives in OUR MAN IN HAVANA.

OKCdoorman on June 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Closed suddenly on Sunday, January 19, 1930, with Ramon Novarro in the silent film THE PAGAN. Daily re-opening newspaper ads began more than a year later on Sunday, February 22, 1931 (“New Cozy Theater/Watch for the Opening Date/All Talking Programs”). Re-opened with a de Forest sound system (“Best Sound in Town”) on Saturday, February 28 with the almost year-old MONTANA MOON starring Joan Crawford. [Tulsa Tribune]

DavidZornig on September 25, 2022 at 7:34 am

1930s photo added credit and copyright Oklahoma Historical Society© via link below. Address was 8 N. Main Street per the link and other sources as well. It had a fire on December 29, 1978, photos I will add shortly.

dallasmovietheaters on December 7, 2022 at 8:18 am

The Lyric Theatre, an early Tulsa nickelodeon-era movie theaters, opened in 1907 and spawned a sequel here at Third and Main called Lyric Theatre No. 2. It appears to have launched in May of 1910 playing triple features of photoplay. The Lyric No. 2 likely caused confusion and became the Majestic Theatre on August 20, 1910 still with motion pictures. The theater was closed for a refresh and relaunched as the Cozy Theatre has a Grand Opening on February 23, 1911. The Cozy had a 50-year run as a movie theater - a great run. Blamed on transients trying to stay warm, the building was destroyed by a December 1978 fire. Demolition occurred in January of 1979 taking the neighboring Terry’s Books and Brady Hotel with it.

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