Elm Theatre

220 N. Elm Street,
Greensboro, NC 27401

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Elm Theatre

Opened as the Paramount Theatre in 1931, it was another downtown Greeensboro movie house. I was unable to find the actual opening date but found seating listed at 1,800 when it opened. In 1932 it was renamed Criterion Theatre. It was refurbished in June 1948 and was renamed Elm Theatre. It closed in the mid-1960’s and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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raysson on February 13, 2009 at 7:21 pm

FYI: The Criterion Theatre was one of several Downtown Greensboro cinemas that was the subject of the famous civil rights protests that emerged during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The theatre was about two blocks down from the famous Woolworth’s Department Store where the sit-in began at the height of the civil rights movement.

raysson on November 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Wasn’t this theatre called “The Cinema”?

rivest266 on July 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

This opened as Paramount on December 21st, 1931 and renamed Criterion in 1932 when Wilby Kincey complained. It was renamed Elm on June 29th, 1948. Grand opening ads for the Paramount and Elm uploaded in this theatre’s photo section.

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