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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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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
59 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
10 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
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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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112 helpful votes 112 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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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
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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