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AMC's Criterion Theatre Closed: Santa Monica's Screen Count Down By 6

The 1924 vintage Criterion Theatre closed as a theatre March 28, 2013. It's going to be a flagship store for some retailer. It was last operated by AMC as a 6 screen complex. The facade is original but most of what is behind it had been reworked over the years. The original theatre was gutted when it was rebuilt as a 6 plex.

Last operated by AMC, who was until recently in talks to build a new complex in downtown Santa Monica. Those negotiations were called off late last year. Other chains expressing an interest in doing a deal with the City reportedly include iPic (slated to open its Westwood location soon) and ArcLight.


A sad look at a blank marquee: the Criterion after closing captured by Larry Ziff on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.

For lots more on the theatre, including several interior views in its original 20s single screen look, see our web page on the Criterion Theatre.

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