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Criterion Theatre


1514-16 Broadway (44th St.), New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1700

In 1895, Oscar Hammerstein opened an entertainment complex for which one fifty-cent ticket admitted you to two main auditoriums (Lyric, Music Hall), two small theatres (Concert Hall, Roof Garden), an Oriental cafe, bowling, and billiards. On June 29, 1898, the debt-laden Olympia was auctioned. Charles Frohman leased the Lyric and renamed it the Criterion. In 1914, it showed movies as the Vitagraph, but soon returned to live theatre. In 1935, after another fifteen years as a cinema, it was razed.

Built: 1895    Closed: 1920    Demolished: 1935   

Theatre Names Named
Criterion Theatre 1916     Reopened September 11, 1916
Vitagraph Theatre 1914     Showed movies
Criterion Theatre 1899     Reopened August 29, 1899
Olympia Theatre: Lyric 1895     Opened November 25, 1895
ProductionsProduction Dates
The Letter of the Law
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 23, 1920 - Jul 1920
Pietro
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Jan 19, 1920 - Mar 1920
One Night in Rome
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 02, 1919 - Jun 1920
On the Hiring Line
Play, Original, Comedy, Satire
Oct 20, 1919 - Dec 1919
Thunder
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Peg Franklin
Sep 22, 1919 - Oct 1919
La, La, Lucille
Musical, Original, Farce
Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by B.G. DeSylva
Sep 08, 1919 - Oct 11, 1919
Three Wise Fools
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Austin Strong
Oct 31, 1918 - Aug 1919
The Awakening
Play, Revival
Written by Ruth Sawyer
Oct 01, 1918 - Oct 1918
Mr. Barnum
Play, Original
Sep 09, 1918 - Sep 1918
Romeo and Juliet
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Apr 05, 1918 - Closing date unknown
The Merchant of Venice
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 05, 1918 - Closing date unknown
The Taming of the Shrew
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 05, 1918 - Closing date unknown
Happiness
Play, Revival
Dec 31, 1917 - May 1918
Madame Sand
Play, Original
Written by Philip Moeller
Nov 19, 1917 - Closing date unknown
The Love Drive
Play, Original
Written by Sydney Rosenfeld
Oct 30, 1917 - Nov 1917
Anthony in Wonderland
Play, Original
Written by Monckton Hoffe
Oct 23, 1917 - Oct 1917
The Scrap of Paper
Play, Original
Sep 17, 1917 - Nov 1917
Johnny, Get Your Gun
Play, Original
Feb 12, 1917 - Jul 1917
Seremonda
Play, Original
Written by William Lindsey
Jan 01, 1917 - Mar 1917
Major Pendennis
Play, Original
Written by Langdon Mitchell
Oct 26, 1916 - Mar 1917
Paganini
Play, Original
Sep 11, 1916 - Oct 1916
The Melody of Youth
Play, Original
Written by Brandon Tynan
Apr 10, 1916 - Closing date unknown
Macbeth
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Feb 07, 1916 - Mar 1916
Criterion Theatre
Fool's Bells
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by A. E. Thomas
Dec 22, 1925 - Dec 1925
Young Wisdom
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Rachel Crothers
Jan 05, 1914 - Closing date unknown
The Man Inside
Play, Original
Nov 11, 1913 - Jan 1914
Indian Summer
Play, Original
Written by Augustus Thomas
Oct 27, 1913 - Closing date unknown
Who's Who?
Play, Original
Sep 11, 1913 - Oct 1913
The Argyle Case
Play, Original
Dec 24, 1912 - Jun 1913
Chains
Play, Original
Dec 16, 1912 - Dec 16, 1912
What Ails You?
Play, Original
Written by Rupert Hughes
Nov 18, 1912 - Dec 1912
Bachelors and Benedicts
Play, Original
Nov 02, 1912 - Nov 1912
Tantalizing Tommy
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Hugo Felix; Book by Michael Morton, Paul Gavault; Lyrics by Adrian Ross
Oct 01, 1912 - Oct 26, 1912
The Girl from Montmartre
Play, Original, Farce, Play with music
Aug 05, 1912 - Sep 28, 1912
Elevating a Husband
Play, Original
Mar 11, 1912 - May 1912
A Slice of Life
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by James M. Barrie
Feb 26, 1912 - Mar 1912
Cousin Kate
Play, Revival
Feb 26, 1912 - Mar 1912
Elevating a Husband
Play, Original
Feb 12, 1912 - Closing date unknown
White Magic
Play, Original
Jan 24, 1912 - Feb 1912
The Grain of Dust
Play, Original
Jan 01, 1912 - Jan 1912
Passers-by
Play, Original
Sep 14, 1911 - Dec 1911
The Girl of My Dreams
Musical, Original
Music by Karl Hoschna; Book by Wilbur Nesbit
Aug 07, 1911 - Sep 09, 1911
Thais
Play, Original
Written by Paul Wilstach
Mar 14, 1911 - Apr 1911
The Happiest Night of His Life
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 20, 1911 - Mar 11, 1911
Sire
Play, Original
Written by Henri Lavedan
Jan 24, 1911 - Feb 1911
Mother
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 05, 1910 - Closing date unknown
The Commuters
Play, Original
Written by James Forbes
Aug 15, 1910 - Jan 1911
The Bachelor's Baby
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Francis Wilson
Dec 27, 1909 - Jun 1910
Israel
Play, Original
Written by Henri Bernstein
Oct 25, 1909 - Dec 1909
The Outpost
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 11, 1909 - Closing date unknown
The Noble Spaniard
Play, Original
Sep 20, 1909 - Oct 1909
The Flag Lieutenant
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 30, 1909 - Sep 1909
The Fair Co-ed
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Gustav Luders; Book by George Ade; Lyrics by George Ade
Apr 26, 1909 - May 29, 1909
An Englishman's Home
Play, Original
Mar 22, 1909 - Apr 1909
The Richest Girl
Play, Original
Mar 01, 1909 - Mar 1909
Samson
Play, Original
Written by Henri Bernstein
Oct 19, 1908 - Mar 1909
Fluffy Ruffles
Musical, Original
Music by William T. Francis; Book by John J. McNally; Lyrics by Wallace Irwin
Sep 07, 1908 - Oct 17, 1908
Miss Hook of Holland
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 31, 1907 - Apr 11, 1908
The Morals of Marcus
Play, Original
Written by William J. Locke
Nov 18, 1907 - Dec 1907
The Dairymaids
Musical, Original, Farce, Play
Aug 26, 1907 - Nov 16, 1907
The Tattooed Man
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Feb 18, 1907 - Apr 15, 1907
The Aero Club
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Sydney Rosenfeld
Jan 28, 1907 - Feb 1907
The Truth
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Clyde Fitch
Jan 07, 1907 - Closing date unknown
The Little Cherub
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ivan Caryll; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by Owen Hall
Aug 06, 1906 - Dec 28, 1906
The Little Father of the Wilderness
Play, Original, Drama, One Act
Apr 23, 1906 - May 1906
The Mountain Climber
Play, Original, Farce
Apr 23, 1906 - May 1906
The Mountain Climber
Play, Original, Farce
Written by M. Neal
Mar 05, 1906 - Apr 1906
Alice Sit-by-the-Fire
Play, Original, Drama
Written by James M. Barrie
Dec 25, 1905 - Mar 1906
Pantaloon
Play, Original, One Act
Written by James M. Barrie
Dec 25, 1905 - Mar 1906
On the Quiet
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Augustus Thomas
Dec 11, 1905 - Dec 1905
Her Great Match
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Clyde Fitch
Sep 04, 1905 - Nov 1905
Jinny, the Carrier
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Israel Zangwill
Apr 10, 1905 - Apr 1905
Nancy Stair
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music
Mar 15, 1905 - Apr 1905
Cousin Billy
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Clyde Fitch
Jan 02, 1905 - Mar 1905
A Wife Without a Smile
Play, Original, Comedy, Satire
Dec 19, 1904 - Jan 1905
The Second Fiddle
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Gordon Blake
Nov 21, 1904 - Dec 1904
The Rich Mrs. Repton
Play, Original
Written by R.C. Carton
Nov 16, 1904 - Nov 1904
Business Is Business
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Octave Mirbeau
Sep 19, 1904 - Nov 1904
The Dictator
Play, Original, Farce
Aug 24, 1904 - Sep 1904
The Dictator
Play, Original, Farce
Apr 04, 1904 - May 30, 1904
Merely Mary Ann
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Israel Zangwill
Feb 15, 1904 - Closing date unknown
The Triumph of Love
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Martha Morton
Feb 08, 1904 - Feb 08, 1904
The Light That Lies in Woman's Eyes
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by E. A. Sothern
Jan 25, 1904 - Feb 1904
The Other Girl
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Augustus Thomas
Dec 29, 1903 - Closing date unknown
Lord and Lady Algy
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by R.C. Carton
Dec 14, 1903 - Dec 1903
Miss Elizabeth's Prisoner
Play, Original
Nov 23, 1903 - Dec 1903
The Man from Blankley's
Play, Original
Written by F. Anstey
Sep 16, 1903 - Nov 1903
A Message from Mars
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Richard Ganthony
Mar 30, 1903 - May 1903
The Jewel of Asia
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Feb 16, 1903 - Apr 11, 1903
The Little Princess
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 14, 1903 - Closing date unknown
The Cavalier
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 08, 1902 - Feb 1903
Iris
Play, Original
Sep 23, 1902 - Nov 1902
David Harum
Play, Revival, Comedy
Sep 08, 1902 - Sep 1902
Du Barry
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Belasco
Dec 25, 1901 - May 1902
The Helmet of Navarre
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 02, 1901 - Dec 1901
Prince Charlie
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Marshall
Oct 22, 1901 - Closing date unknown
A Royal Rival
Play, Original, Drama
Aug 26, 1901 - Dec 1901
When Knighthood Was in Flower
Play, Original, Romance
Written by Paul Kester
Jan 14, 1901 - Jun 1901
The Gay Lord Quex
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 12, 1900 - Jan 1901
Zaza
Play, Revival
Oct 01, 1900 - Nov 1900
The Pride of Jennico
Play, Original
Sep 03, 1900 - Oct 1900
The Pride of Jennico
Play, Original, Romance
Mar 06, 1900 - Jun 1900
Barbara Frietchie
Play, Original
Written by Clyde Fitch
Oct 23, 1899 - Jan 1900
The Girl from Maxim's
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Georges Feydeau
Aug 29, 1899 - Oct 1899
Olympia Theatre: Lyric
Santa Maria
Play, Original
1899 - Closing date unknown
War Bubbles
Play, Original
1899 - Closing date unknown
La Poupée
Play, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Edmond Audran
Oct 21, 1897 - Nov 03, 1897
The Cat and the Cherub
Play, Original, Melodrama
Sep 01, 1897 - Closing date unknown
Excelsior, Jr.
Play, Original
Nov 25, 1895 - Closing date unknown