Criterion Theater

1222 N. Sedgwick Street,
Chicago, IL 60610

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Located in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, on Sedgwick Street, between W. Division Street and Scott Street, not far from Seward Park. Paul Sittner originally opened his first movie theatre on the third floor of a retail building at 335 W. North Avenue on the Near North Side in 1910. Sittner’s Theatre appears to have moved to a new larger space on N. Sedgwick Street by 1913 or 1914, and it was first advertised as Sittner’s Criterion Theatre until 1917. The theater could originally seat 1,254, but seating was reduced to 1,050 by the time it closed in the mid-1940’s. It was long ago demolished, and a Jewel Food Store (or more specifically, its parking lot) is on the site of the theater today.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2009 at 6:41 pm

The Moving Picture World July 24, 1915:

“While 800 people were viewing "The High Road” in the Criterion Theater, 1220 Sedgwick Street, this city, one night last week, the film in the projecting machine caught fire. Fred Gallszon, the operator, preserved his presence of mind and ran out of the steel cage, slamming the door shut behind him. The audience became exceedingly noisy in protesting the interruption, but they soon noticed smoke issuing from the operating room. They were about to rush for the doors, when Paul Sittner, the manager, instructed them to be calm and to file out orderly, as there was no danger. No one was injured".

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