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Criterion Theater

35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-3441
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Ranked #24 of 25 Attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: Theaters
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Portland, Maine
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166 reviews 166 reviews
46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
9 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
87 helpful votes 87 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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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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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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Windsor, Connecticut
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2008

This was the very worst part of our Bar Harbor trip. It's probably the worst thing that I've experienced this summer, really. My best friend and I saw that MAMA MIA was playing, and we still hadn't seen it yet. We decided to patronize this old-timey movie palace, and the ticket salesboy sold us our $8.50 balcony tickets. Now, we... More

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Bar_Harbor_Maine, manager at Criterion Theater, responded to this review

I'm sorry, to hear that this person had a lousy time in our theater. It is also unfortunate that this person did not find our balcony seats to be adequate. Our balcony seats are newer and offer more leg room than our orchestra seats and many of our customers enjoy having a direct view of the screen from these seats,... More

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