OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s hard to see now but, in two weeks, music fans will make their way into this brand new venue.
“I think the main bar is going to be one of the big standouts, and that’s kind of the focal point of the room,” said Philip Randolph, co-owner of The Criterion. “The rest of it is kind of designed to blend away and not really be noticed.”
The $8 million project took a year to build from the ground up, but there’s already a lot of history here.
The name and some of the design is a tribute to the old Criterion Theater that was torn down in the 70s.
“Yeah, I think we’ll have something as far as the decorations go. The feel was really taken the art deco feel, and some of the fixtures inside really came from the look of the old Criterion,” Randolph said.
The owner tells us they’re going to be able to bring in acts that wouldn’t normally come here.
“The amount of acts we can bring in, the different kinds of acts we can bring in because of the size is really what’s going to set it apart,” Randolph said.
They’ll be able to house up to 4,000 music fans.
“We’ll really hit a lot of the mid-range national touring acts from any number of genres,” Randolph said.
It’s also an anchor for hotels and apartments going in all around the area as more businesses make east Bricktown their new home.
The Criterion will open March 26 with Ben Rector.
Rick Springfield, Third Eye Blind and the Randy Rogers Band and Gregg Allman are some of the acts already lined up to play.