Cameo Theatre

N. Main Street,
Mountain Grove, MO 65711

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Previous Names: Cozy Theatre

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The Cozy Theatre was opened April 15, 1924. It was renamed the Cameo Theatre in 1931. In 1969 the Cameo Theatre was bought by Mr. Richard A. Courtney who remodeled the theatre with seating increased to 516. The Cameo Theatre was still listed as open in the late-1970’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm

The Cozy is mentioned (with a variant spelling) in the May 3, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“J. H. Riley’s Cosey Theatre, Mountain Grove, Mo., opened to capacity business on April 15.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Here is an announcement about the Cozy/Cameo Theatre from The Reel Journal of March 22, 1924:



“The Collier-Roberston building at Mountain Grove. Mo., will soon be remodeled and decorated in order to make possible a new ground floor motion picture theatre. The theatre will be modern in every respect, and will be beautifully lighted, ventilated and decorated.

“Dr. J. H. Riley of Mansfield, Mo., has owned and managed the Nugget Theatre in Mansfield for many years, will be the owner of the new house in Mountain Grove.

“The name of the theatre will be decided by the public, and the grand opening will be announced later as the work progresses. The new theatre will play only new pictures, and it will have a stage of sufficient size to accommodate vaudeville acts and theatrical troupes.

“It is the plan of the owners and builders to give to the people of Mountain Grove one of the finest picture houses in the Ozarks.”

robboehm on July 7, 2021 at 2:35 pm

Joe Your comment mentions that Dr. Riley, the owner, had owned and managed the Nugget Theatre in Mansfield. There is no Nugget Theatre in Mansfield on Cinema Treasures, only the Mansfield Theatre which started out life as the Paradise.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm

Yes, Mansfield’s early theaters are missing from the database, unless they are early aka’s for the Mansfield. The only mention of the Nugget I’ve found in the trades is in that item from 1924, but it was being advertised in the local newspaper as early as 1918. Then in 1928 there are frequent mentions of a house called the Bonny Theatre, and then in 1930 the New Bonny Theatre, both run by a Robert K. Yancey. I don’t know if the Bonny (CinemaTour spells it Bonnie, but has no information about it) was a different theater or a new name for the Nugget, and I don’t know if the Bonny and New Bonny were in two different buildings, or if either or both were aka’s for the Paradise/Mansfield, so I’m not submitting them, but I’ll leave a comment on the Mansfield page revealing what little I know about them, in anticipation of more information becoming available.

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