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Address: 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-0829
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The Criterion is a Bar Harbor landmark that recently went under some major renovations but still has a long way to go. It was closed last year and just re-opened to the public... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2012
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Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA

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Lewiston, Maine
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There's no theater like this one! Bar Harbor has been missing a gem while the Criterion went through its renovation, and it's great to have it back. This beautiful theater offers a great setting for an old-fashioned night at the movies. Food is great and reasonably priced, and the theater is clean and comfortable. It's worth the extra couple of... More 

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Maryland
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

How many of these do you get to experience or show your kids! Saw Jurassic World and had a blast. Full bar. Can order dinner. Gotta try for balcony seats. Not many movies you can see from a balcony. Was there early enough to get a front row seat with a table. Kids loved it. Screen not as big as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Tired from bike riding and need a quiet evening? Head to the Criterion and check out a movie! Even order the burrito and eat - great prices.

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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157 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I have loved going to this over-the-top Art Deco style theater since the 1970's. Going to a movie or live show here was always more of an event just by virtue of the splendid setting and huge screen. Although it fell on hard times for a while and many found the place too musty and moldy, after a period of... More 

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

DeLaney and I saw "We Run the Ship" today- put on by the fun and talented folks of the Barn Arts Collective. This show runs on Saturdays at 11am at the Criterion. Though I think this is a show intended for kids- I had just as much fun as DeLaney! The tunes are catchy and all of the characters are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We to saw a fantastic production by a very enthusiastic group of entertainers. This is an original interactive musical that allows the members of the audience to choose what will happen next. The children learn songs as well as insights into the ecological changes in the earth. They select a captain to travel with and move throughout the theatre space.... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

In October of 2014 a nonprofit purchased and began to restore the building. It is now 100% mold free, has re-cushioned seats (with more leg room) and will show movies once again! Also offering an assortment of paninis, wraps, burritos, beer, and wine.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

On a wet night or for a change of place stop by this retro theatre for a good flic. Soft cushy chairs and hot popcorn make for an enjoyable date night

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Portland, Maine
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66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

On a busy Memorial day weekend, the Criterion was looking very closed down. The cobwebs are setting in.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The Criterion is a Bar Harbor landmark that recently went under some major renovations but still has a long way to go. It was closed last year and just re-opened to the public with a less than impressive welcome. The beauty of this place in in its history and its appointments. It's a rare thing to be able to sit... More 

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Address: 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-0829
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor

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