The Criterion Theatre for a former theatre in Sydney, Australia which was built in 1886 by architect George R Johnson on the south east corner of Pitt and Park streets. The Criterion Theatre, or 'Cri', was Sydney's most famous intimate playhouse at the time. With a Neo-Renaissance exterior and a capacity of approximately 991 seats, the Criterion was used for drama performances for almost 50 years. Closing in 1934, it was demolished to facilitate the widening of Park Street. The Criterion Hotel was built on the narrow strip of land remaining, a legacy of one of Sydney's earliest theatres.