Criterion Theatre

1514 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Coate on October 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

Happy 50th! “My Fair Lady” had its world premiere at the Criterion on this day in 1964 (and went on to become the theater’s longest-running engagement).

Cimarron on March 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

1936 Pic of Criterion added to Photo Section

SethLewis on December 28, 2013 at 6:29 am

Great list 56-75…as a kid the only ones I saw here were the road shows Is Paris Burning and Patton…in the refitted multiplex Raging Bull, Sharky’s Machine on the small screens, Rambo 3, Garp, Die Hard 2, A Cry in the Dark on the bigger ones

wally 75
wally 75 on December 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Rivoli has JAWS summer of 75' strating in June I think the Criterian had Mohogany at the same time…

RSM3853 on December 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Films at the Criterion in Times Square from 1956-1975. Only first-run openings listed — the date is the Wednesday of the opening week. 11/07/56Search for Paradise 03/19/58South Pacific 10/01/58The Old Man and the Sea 12/10/58A Night to Remember 02/11/59Sleeping Beauty 05/20/59The Young Philadelphians 07/01/59Anatomy of a Murder 10/21/59They Came to Cordura 12/16/59Suddenly, Last Summer 04/13/60Who Was That Lady? 06/29/60Strangers When We Meet 09/11/60All the Fine Young Cannibals 10/12/60Surprise Package 11/09/60Girl of the Night 12/21/60Pepe 06/21/61The Guns of Navarone 10/18/61The Devil at 4 O'Clock 12/20/61The Innocents 01/31/62Sail a Crooked Ship 02/21/62Walk on the Wild Side 04/11/62Experiment in Terror 06/06/62Advise and Consent 07/25/62The Notorious Landlady 09/19/62Damn the Defiant 10/17/62Requiem for a Heavyweight 12/12/62Lawrence of Arabia 11/13/63Take Her, She’s Mine 12/18/63The Victors 02/19/64Seven Days in May 05/13/64What A Way to Go! 08/19/64Kisses for My President 09/16/64The Secret Invasion 09/30/64Woman of Straw 10/18/64My Fair Lady 06/22/66Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 11/09/66Is Paris Burning? 02/08/67Tobruk 03/22/67Thoroughly Modern Millie 12/13/67Valley of the Dolls 02/21/68Half a Sixpence 05/08/68Blue 06/12/68Rosemary’s Baby 09/18/68Funny Girl 02/04/70Patton 06/24/70Myra Breckinridge 07/29/70Move 09/23/70Tora! Tora! Tora! 01/20/71My Fair Lady ® 03/31/71Waterloo 06/23/71McCabe and Mrs. Miller 08/04/71The Brotherhood of Satan 08/25/71Let’s Scare Jessica to Death 12/08/71Nicholas and Alexandra 05/24/72The Possession of Joel Delaney 06/14/72Portnoy’s Complaint 08/02/72Four Flies on Gray Velvet 08/23/72Blacula 11/22/72Rage 12/13/72The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 02/07/73The Train Robbers 05/09/73Hitler: The Last Ten Days 06/13/73Super Fly TNT 07/18/73Scream, Blacula, Scream 08/15/73Cops and Robbers 09/19/73Save the Children 12/19/73Magnum Force 02/06/74McQ 03/13/74The Super Cops 03/13/74The Black Six 05/15/74Black Eye 06/12/74Uptown Saturday Night 10/02/74The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 12/25/74Freebie and the Bean 02/05/75Report to the Commissioner 03/19/75The Yakuza 05/07/75Mandingo 08/20/75The Exorcist ® 10/08/75Let’s Do it Again 12/17/75The Killer Elite

Tinseltoes on June 19, 2013 at 7:22 am

Sixty-seven years ago tonight, Lucille Ball made a special guest appearance at 9:30pm to plug her new B&W Universal comedy, “Lover Come Back,” which opened its NYC premiere engagement that morning at Loew’s Criterion. George Brent and Vera Zorina co-starred in the movie, whose title only was later used for a Doris Day-Rock Hudson blockbuster. The 1946 “Lover” failed to ignite.

AlAlvarez on August 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

Boxoffice Magazine found those displays offensive in 1938. By 1975 those ads looked tame compared to the ones on the cover of Boxoffice Magazine.

Tinseltoes on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

The Criterion continued to offend the sensitive, according to photos at bottom of this page: Boxoffice

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

The Sign of the Cross was already six years old in 1938. Was the Criterion showing a revival? Then it would need the extra ballyhoo to get asses in seats. And DeMille, of all showmen, knew that sex sells!

Tinseltoes on August 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

Management condemned for indecent lobby displays in this 1938 editorial: Boxoffice

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

I guess you meant on 42nd Street.

KingBiscuits on August 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I forget which two (I did recognize that The Evil Dead and Xtro were on one of the marquees). So whichever grindhouse was playing The Evil Dead in April 1983 was the marquee shown in the film.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Which grindhouses? They’re often among my favorite cinema treasures.

KingBiscuits on August 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I was watching Splash today and you can see the marquee in the background during one scene (the movies on the marquee included The Outsiders, Max Dugan Returns and 10 To Midnight). Marquees from the Lowes State, a pair of grindhouses and the Paris appear in the film.

Tinseltoes on July 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

$100,000 worth of renovations described in this 1956 trade article: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

Featured in this two-page trade ad in 1953: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on June 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

Here’s one of the first photos taken of the Criterion marquee after the Loew’s circuit assumed management of the theatre: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

More 1936 photos and description in this two-page article: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

Photos of the facade and auditorium were featured in this 1936 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on April 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

Here’s B&W newsreel coverage of the 1956 premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” at the Criterion Theatre: youtube

Tinseltoes on February 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

“The Country Girl” opened its exclusive NYC premiere engagement at the Criterion Theatre on the night of December 15th, 1954.

Myron on February 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I think I saw “Country Girl” here during Christmas break when I was a kid in 1955. How can I be certain that it played here? Is there a list of films somewhere? Thanks.

wally 75
wally 75 on January 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Finian at Penthouse that’s where I saw it.

Tinseltoes on January 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Loew’s Criterion was frequently Universal’s choice for the NYC premiere engagements of Deanna Durbin vehicles, including this 1945 “film noir”: blogspot

HowardBHaas on December 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Long holiday hours as the Times Square flagship of the toy mecca: