Criterion Theater

W. Mohawk Street and Pearl Street,
Buffalo, NY 14202

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STAR (CRITERION) Theatre; Buffalo, New York.

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A 2/6 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ, Opus 342, was shipped from North Tonawanda, New York on April 20, 1920. Buffalo is only 14 miles away so it should have arrived at the theater the same day. What happened to the organ after that is unknown.

It was closed and demolished in 1924.

Contributed by Ret. AKC(NAC) Bob Jensen

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roberttoplin on December 21, 2007 at 8:17 pm

The Criterion used to be the Star Theater. Located at the corner of W. Mohawk & Pearl Streets, the Star, designed by W.W. Carlin, opened Dec.24,1888 with 1,425 seats. It became the Criterion Dec.3,1923 and was razed June 22,1924.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2010 at 3:00 am

Here is a history of the Star Theatre as a legitimate house, from 1888 to 1919. It only mentions briefly that it then became a movie house called the Criterion.

The Art Institute of Chicago provides this drawing, captioned “Levi Theatre, for Emanuel Levi, Buffalo, N.Y.” The drawing might be by the theater’s architect, William Worth Carlin. The building was designed in the Romanesque Revival style.

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