Criterion Theatre

10 S. Water Street,
Sapulpa, OK 74066

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Criterion Theatre, Sapulpa, OK.

The Criterion Theatre opened in 1935 and closed in 1980.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on March 1, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Here is a lawsuit from the 1930s involving a theater in Sapulpa. It could be the Criterion. I don’t know how many theaters were in business in Sapulpa around that time:

seymourcox on August 26, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Basically the Criterion Theatre Building was quite modest in design, and no amount of dressy maruquees and signs could disguise this stark fact. See for yourself, type in word “criterion”, then search …
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm

An article about A.A. Moulder in the February 20, 1954, issue of Boxoffice said that he had opened the Criterion in 1931. The Boxoffice article was based on one published in the Sapulpa Sunday Herald, for which the author had interviewed Moulder.

The article also said that Moulder’s first theater had been the Lyric, which he bought in 1911. While still operating that house he and his father opened the Empress, across Main Street from the Lyric. They operated both houses for a while, but later sold the Lyric. The Moulders closed the Empress when the Criterion opened.

Both the Empress and the Criterion had sometimes presented vaudeville as well as movies, including some Orpheum circuit acts. A CinemaScope screen was installed at the Criterion in 1954.

seymourcox on July 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

Both modern and vintage photo of the drab Criterion Theatre can be found on Roadside Oklahoma.

Cimarron on May 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Uploaded pic of Criterion playing “Honeymoon Hotel”

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