New Criterion Theatre
2644 Franklin Avenue,
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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 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 is still in the best shape of any of the old North St. Louis Negro theatres.
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