Fox Criterion Theatre
642 S. Grand Avenue,
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Architects: William J. Dodd
Firms: Dodd & Richards
Previous Names: Kinema Theater, Criterion Theatre
Opened as the Kinema Theater on December 15, 1917. By 1922 it had been equipped with a Robert Morton theatre organ which had a 5 manual console. It was taken over by West Coast Theatres and renamed Criterion Theatre on September 26, 1923 when it was reopened with the world premiere of the Charles Chaplin directed “A Woman of Paris” starring Edna Purviance. By June 1938 it had been renamed Fox Criterion Theatre when it had been taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres.
This theater was located at W. 7th Street and S. Grand Avenue – about four blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway. The Criterion Theatre hosted the West Coast premiere of “The Jazz Singer”.
It was razed in 1941 and replaced by an office building.
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