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Criterion Theatre (Demolished)

The Kinema Theatre opened in 1917 with a Cecil B. DeMille photoplay titled "The Woman God Forgot."

In 1923, the building was gutted, rebuilt in a Byzantine style to seat over 1,800, and renamed the Criterion (the Fox chain took it over soon thereafter). In the 1930s, it was remodeled and renamed again as the Grand International.

Despite its location, about four blocks from the bustling Broadway theatre district, the International had a reputation as a bellwether for success. If a movie failed there, it generally failed everywhere.

It was razed in 1941 to make way for a parking lot.

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

This Corporate International Style auditorium designed by Welton Becket & Associates was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with an Honor Award in 1960.
Rear of 1100 block of South San Pedro Street. Photo by Marcello Vavala/L.A. Conservancy

City Market and Market Chinatown District

City Market was a significant commercial and cultural anchor in Los Angeles' Chinese community prior to World War II.