Criterion Theatre

424 Cherry Street,
Macon, GA 31201

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criterion 1923

The Criterion Theatre was opened on August 22, 1921 with Pola Negri in “Passion”. Still open as a silent movie theatre in 1931, it was listed as (Closed) in 1932, having never been equipped with sound.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm

acdecoster: This is a bit of a puzzle. A vintage postcard reveals that the building with the corner tower seen in our old photo was at the corner of 3rd and Cherry, so the Criterion was in the 400 block of Cherry Street. My best guess is that the Criterion was at 424 Cherry, as the building adjacent to the right of it in our photo appears to be the building that now houses the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom (430 Cherry.) Almost every other building on the block is either gone or remodeled beyond recognition.

If I am correct, then the building the Criterion was in might have been replaced or might have simply been remodeled. If it was remodeled, then at least some of the upper part of the building has been removed. To accommodate 600 seats in such a narrow building the Criterion must have had a balcony, which must have been demolished when the building was converted for retail use.

It’s possible, and even likely, that the entire interior structure was demolished and what amounted to an entirely new, lower building was built within the old walls. In fact it’s most likely that the walls are all that remains of the Criterion.

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