1222 N. Sedgwick Street,
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Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Previous Names: Sittner's Criterion Theatre
Located in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, on N. Sedgwick Street, between W. Division Street and W. Scott Street, not far from Seward Park. Originally built and opened in 1881 and designed by architect George O. Garnsey with seating for 1,700. It was remodeled and reopened on July 1, 1893 as a vaudeville theatre.
Paul Sittner originally opened his first movie theatre on the third floor of a retail building at 335 W. North Avenue on the Near North Side in 1910. Sittner’s Theatre appears to have moved to a new larger space in the Criterion Theatre on N. Sedgwick Street by 1913 or 1914, and it was first advertised as Sittner’s Criterion Theatre until 1917. The theatre could seat 1,254, but seating was reduced to 1,050 by the time it closed in the early-1930’s. It was demolished in 1934 and the site became a car park. A Jewel Food Store (or more specifically, its parking lot) is on the site of the theatre today.
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