203 E. Parrish Street,
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Previously operated by: Consolidated Theatres
The Criterion Theatre opened on June 10, 1932 with Joe E. Brown in “Broad Minded”. It was operated by Carver Theatres. In 1940, B & L Enterprises took over, and they operated the theatre until 1950. From 1950 to 1975 it was operated by Charlotte based Consolidated Theatres.
Most of the movies screened at the Criterion Theatre were basic ‘B’ movie crowd pleaser films, with double feature programs. The policy changed in the late-1960’s and into the early-1970’s, when the Criterion Theatre began showing adult films along with blaxploitation films, and this continued until its closing in 1975.
By the following year, the Criterion Theatre had been demolished to make room for the construction of the Durham County Judicial Building that opened on the site in 1978
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