Criterion Theater

318 Ninth Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

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Architects: Frank G. Pierson

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Criterion Theater

The Criterion Theatre was opened in 1918. It had a corner entrance at the south west corner of Ninth Street NW and D Street NW.

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kencmcintyre on August 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Cinematour shows the theater as demolished, but no date. I’d be curious to know if this building is still around.

Local619 on August 1, 2008 at 11:30 pm

The enclosed photos place the Criterion at the SW corner of 9th & D Streets NW. A 1949 aerial photo shows D st going from 9th to 10th street.. 1979 and newer photos show the J. Edgar Hoover Building closed the street.

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9th street is the N/S center of the map/photo, Pennsylvania Av in the diagonal.

The theatre had an even numbere address thus would have been on the West side of 9th Street.. the Taylor shop in the background of one photo has an odd address on D street, North Side. The address of 318 places the theatre between C st and D street

JackCoursey on August 4, 2008 at 3:56 am

According to Robert Headley, this theatre existed between 1918 and 1945, seated between 350 and 600, and was demolished before 1950.

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2008 at 4:37 am

Here is an excerpt from a Washington Post article dated 11/28/20:


Sale of the Criterion Motion Picture Theater at the southeast corner of Ninth and D streets to Marcus Notes was reported during the past week. The transaction, which was effected through the office of Thomas J. Fisher & Co., is said to have involved a consideration of approximately $100,000.

TLSLOEWS on July 20, 2010 at 12:55 am

Cool 1921 photos.

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