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Address: 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-0829
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Amazing Balcony

It's good to be in an old, truly large theater. I grew up with these and miss them when I sit in the ones that resemble home theaters. Definitely pay to seat on the balcony, where... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It's good to be in an old, truly large theater. I grew up with these and miss them when I sit in the ones that resemble home theaters. Definitely pay to seat on the balcony, where the Rockefellers sat so long ago to see B&W movies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Really great experience, this theater is like walking through a door into 1930's Hollywood. It might not have stadium seating or the best video/sound as the latest and greatest modern movie theaters, but they can never come close to the ambience of the criterion. Everything was accurately restored to original design, the inside is HUGE, I think they said it... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the new Pixar film the other night however I could not get comfortable in these old seats. They reminded me of going to the movies as a kid. Popcorn was chewy too.

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

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