Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas

86 Temple Street,
New Haven, CT 06510

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Operated by: Bow-Tie Cinemas

Architects: Rich Furman

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 203.498.7001
Manager: 203.498.7001

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Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas

The centerpiece of Temple Square, located in the United Illuminating Building, Criterion Cinemas ushered in a new era in the presentation of first run art films in the city of New Haven when in opened in November 2004.

Criterion Cinemas' unique blend of luxury, state-of-the-art film presentation, dazzling glass marquee, stunning lobby, premium beer and wine bar and specially designed comfortable theater seating set a new standard for the cinema going experience.

Criterion Cinemas is designed to continue the tradition of style, luxury and elegance started by B.S. Moss at the original Criterion Theater in Times Square, known at its 1936 opening as “The Theater of Tomorrow”.

The Criterion expanded from five screens to seven, then and around 2010 another two screens were added. The theater features hot foods and a full bar.

Contributed by Greg Mouning

Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

fred1 on September 20, 2006 at 11:48 pm

The Criterion Cinemas is a fine example of what CT is all about

joemasher on November 25, 2006 at 5:39 am

On 11/17/06, Bow Tie Cinemas has completed its purchase of all of the Connecticut and Maryland locations of Crown Theatres. We now have 11 locations in CT, 2 in MD, and 1 in CO. Three more are currently under construction – Movieland Schenectady, a 6-plex next to Proctor’s in downtown Sch'dy, NY (Spring ‘07); Criterion Cinemas at Blue Back Square, a 6-plex in W. Hartford, CT (Fall '07); and Movieland Richmond, a 16-screener in Richmond, VA (Spring '08). Look for the former Crown locations to be re-branded as “Bow Tie Cinemas” in the coming months.

shoeshoe14 on November 25, 2006 at 9:40 pm

Hey Joe, i stopped by to see if you were working last week but they said you weren’t there. Some other time perhaps.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 8, 2006 at 5:47 pm

This should be updated to 7 screens.

ZARDOZ on March 8, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Criterion Cinema is still TERRIFIC! (No, I am not an employee, thank you.) Although I recently moved to Long Island, I come to Connecticut often and try to get to the Criterion whenever I can. Although the awesome breakfast place across the street is now closed, nothing beats having a nice breakfast at a Mom and Pop place somewhere in the New Haven area, then checking out a vintage film at the Criterion at 11 am on Sunday mornings. Last weekend, my wife and two of her friends joined me to see the Criterion’s screening of the 1945 film, “Mildred Pierce,” a film I would otherwise pass up on television. The film was very good, and the print was surprisingly very good as well. Spread the word: we need more theaters like the Criterion. Support it. Go to a movie at the Criterion!

joemasher on March 22, 2007 at 5:22 am

Thanks for the wonderful comments! To your comment that we need more theaters like the Criterion, we are opening another Criterion in West Hartford, CT in November, and are opening a similar theater in Downtown Schenectady, NY next month. Look at our Plaza Cinemas in Greenwich, CT to start featuring the Criterion style soon!
By the way…May is “Joan Crawford Month”, with some of her ‘best’! On Mother’s Day, we’ll again feature a screening of “Mommie Dearest” with ‘New Haven’s Own Joan Crawford, and her 'daughter’, Christina' in attendance, and signing autographs after the show!

shoeshoe14 on March 22, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Joe, is the Criterion in West Hartford going to be in the Blue Back Square Sprawl Development?

joemasher on May 6, 2007 at 4:09 am

Yes…the Criterion Cinemas at Blue Back Square in W.Hartford is set to open 11/2/07. We are opening our new Movieland Cinemas in Downtown Schenectady, NY on 5/17/07. We’re also going to continue operations at the Cinema City in Hartford, which we acquired on 11/17/06. It was supposed to close this August under the last operator.

shoeshoe14 on September 14, 2007 at 6:30 pm

This was mentioned in the New Haven Advocate’s Annual Manual.

“Beautifully designed modern movie palace. Every city of decent size ought to have a movie theater that shows buzzed-about current art-house/indie film hits right in the middle of downtown, and this is the one we’ve got. (It happens to throw in its share of blockbusters, too.) Seven theaters. Discounted parking is available across the street at the Temple Street garage.

joemasher on January 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm

The Criterion has had 9 screens for about 3 years now.

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