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Criterion Theater

35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-3441
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Ranked #24 of 26 Attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: Theaters
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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185 reviews 185 reviews
52 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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Bethesda, Maryland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I recommend paying up for the bacony seating in this wonderful art deco theater. Worth every penny. Great spot to take the kids.

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Willow, Alaska
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

It's been a while but seeing movies in this old theater was great. Balcony seats for the extra buck were great and the whole experience took you back in time!

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Surry, Maine
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Good fun to come here to a performance of your choice.

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Marietta, Georgia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
42 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

Being that it was raining in a very outdoorsy town, I was looking for something to do. An old theater in town was showing a documentary… not exactly whoop-de-doo for my two young children, but there wasn’t a heck of a lot else going on, so we tried it. The movie not so entertaining… The movie-house – The Criterion --... More

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NH / VT
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

I have been to the Criterion each year I go to Bar Harbor for vacation, or a summer course at the College Of The Atlantic - but last year (2009) and this one have caused me to re-think entering the building. This beautiful, old, art deco theater is heavily infested with mold and mildew. Its smell now overwhelms you as... More

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

I live in Bar Harbor in the summers and love to go to the Criterion. The other negative reviews had some legitimate and illegitimate points. Just as the management stated in their response the theater was undergoing renovations in 2008 so there may have been some dust in the air (this will obviously not be the case forever). However there... More

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Enfield, CT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

It is difficult for me to write this review because there I had such a negative experience here. I wouldn't recommend this to some I disliked, let alone to someone I care about. The Criterion Theatre is an old art-deco landmark that sadly hasn't been kept up with the times. You can sit up in the balcony in group box... More

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