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Address: 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-0829
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We haven't had a chance to see a show since they reopened, but we took a tour during the First Friday Art Walk. This is a fine example of art deco style preserved from 1932, built... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Collingswood, New Jersey

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Tonight the Criterion Theater featured a brilliant performance by the Laszlo Gardony Trio. The music was comprised of both unique arrangements and original compositions by pianist Gardony. It was an excellent way of introducing the beautiful, newly restored 1932 theater to an even wider audience.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We haven't had a chance to see a show since they reopened, but we took a tour during the First Friday Art Walk. This is a fine example of art deco style preserved from 1932, built for both vaudeville stage shows and film screenings. The balcony box seats were for the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, and the J. P. Morgans. So... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Took in a late movie in this fabulous art deco theater. The woodwork is exquisite, the art deco motif is everywhere - over the doors and stage, ends of the aisles, even the ceiling of the street overhang. Looks just like in did when built in the 1930s. Plus the screen and projection system was top notch for an enjoyable... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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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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