Cosmo Theatre

7938 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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Previously operated by: Ascher Brothers Inc., National Theaters Corp., Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Felix M. Bernham, Henry L. Newhouse

Firms: Newhouse & Bernham

Previous Names: Cosompolitan Theatre, Cosmopolitan Hippodrome

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The Cosmopolitan Theatre opened on September 6, 1913 in the North Englewood neighborhood on S. Halsted Street between W. 79th Street and W. 80th Street, originally for the Ascher Brothers circuit. It was later operated as part of the Cooney Brothers National Theaters Corp. circuit, and still later, the Warner Brothers and Stanley-Warner chains.

The Cosmo Theatre, as it was known in its later years, operated and least into the 1950’s. By 1960 it had been converted into a dance hall named the Holiday Club. It has since been demolished and a supermarket sits on the site of the Cosmo Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 10, 2008 at 4:51 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 May 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

Here is a January 1915 ad from the Suburbanite Economist:

kencmcintyre on June 13, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Here is a March 1915 ad from the same source:

davidplomin on June 22, 2015 at 10:58 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.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

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

Trolleyguy on October 19, 2016 at 10:38 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2018 at 6:29 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2021 at 9:28 pm

An article about the Ascher Bros circuit in the March 10, 1917 issue of Moving Picture World had this paragraph about the Cosmopolitan:

“A good deal of credit is due Bruce Goshaw for the success of the Cosmopolitan theater, Halsted and Seventy-ninth streets, which was the first thousand-seat house to be erected for the Ascher Bros. Manager Godshaw enjoys the distinction of having managed this house since its opening on Saturday, September 6, 1913. This fine modern structure is situated in the suburb of Auburn Park far out in the southwest end of town and is strictly a neighborhood theater. Although in its fifth season, some of the ‘opening night’ patrons can still be seen in the audiences. The foyer of the house is finished in marble and the general color scheme is old rose and blue. The equipment is modern in every detail from the box-office to the operating room. Feature subjects are exhibted [sic] both afternoon and evening, at an admission price of 10 cents.”

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