Criterion Theater

Bridgeton, NJ

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Evening view of Criterion Theater, Bridgeton NJ.

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Destroyed by fire in 1949, this theater was quickly replaced by the Laurel Theatre, built at the same location in downtown Bridgeton.

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teecee
teecee on June 6, 2005 at 8:55 am

On July 2, 1921, 358 people gathered at this theater to listen to the live radio broadcast of the Dempsey-Carpentier heavyweight bout. This was the largest live radio broadcast audience to date and inspired many people to purchase radios for home use, rather than having to go to a public hall for listening.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2006 at 1:45 pm

The date of the fire was 6/15/49.

RickB
RickB on April 19, 2011 at 2:41 am

Here is a 2009 newspaper story about the fire. According to the story the theater was built circa the 1880s as Moore’s Opera House. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was the last feature shown before the fire.

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