New Criterion Theatre
2644 Dr Martin Luther King Drive,
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The Criterion Theatre was opened in 1919 and was owned by Greek Family. It was located in a part of St. Louis that was heavily populated with African-Americans. It was remodelled in 1938 to the plans of architect O.W. Stiegemeyer. It made headlines in 1939 when it was picketed by the Colored Cashier' Society. They wanted better employment opportunities. The theatre survived until 1966, when it closed as a movie theatre.
For some time a church occupied the building. Eventually it was boarded up and became a dilappidated structure. Vandalism plagued the building until a police substation was built across the street. It was still in the best shape of any of the old North St. Louis Negro theatres, but was demolished prior to 2007.
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