The Criterion

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The Criterion is a name given to various theatres and cinemas.

In South Africa some of the well-known examples are:

The Criterion, Benoni.

The Criterion in Benoni was a cinema that also doubled as a venue for plays and performances.

Among those who performed there were Gracie Fields in 1935; ****

The Criterion, Durban

The Criterion in Durban was situated at the corner of Field Street and Esplanade, Durban, and had been built as a Bio-vaudeville (see also Music Hall). It opened on 20th May, 1912. A popular Durban venue, it was used by such illustrious South African companies as the Gwen ffrangçon-Davies / Marda Vanne Company, Munro-Inglis Company, Brian Brooke Company, the Natal Theatre Workshop Company and visiting companies such as the Old Vic Company.

It was demolished 1953.


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