Criterion Theater. The Criterion, designed by Boller Brothers and featuring a French style lobby and auditorium with an art deco mezzanine, was operated by the Paramount/Publix Theatre Circuit. Built in 1921 at 118 W. Main, it originally seated 1,900 but later remodelings reduced its size to 1,650. It was destroyed in 1973. For several other photos of the Criterion, click here for my downtown movies article.

The 1st picture below is from my collection and was taken in February 1953. The second photo is credited to Steve Lackmeyer & Jack Money, OKC: 2nd Time Around (Full Circle Books 2007)



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