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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 saw this on the Foodie Tour and it is a historical site. We got a taste of the history and the current shows available and upcoming.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Amazingly restored Art Deco theater. A real treasure to see performances and movies here. The seats are very comfortable and you get a great view from every one.

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Ellsworth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful 1932 Art Deco theatre. A few weeks ago I ordered tickets to the upcoming Star Wars movie. I mistakenly ordered for the wrong time. I emailed the theatre and within 20 minutes received a response from Heather Martin (at 9 pm). Both she and Steve Boucher went completely out of their way to fix my issue, and were... More 

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Mount Desert, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

We attended the late showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween night. We didn't really expect much but where pleasantly suprised. The theater is being refurbished and the current staff are helpful and nice. This was a live show with audience participation, a lot of fun. The show was a little raunchy, but we were for warned in the... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We saw this on the Foodie Tour and it is a historical site. We got a taste of the history and the current shows available and upcoming.

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1 Thank Jim A
Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Decided to check out this movie theatre. I was surprised how big it was. From the outside it looks quite small. We paid a dollar more for balcony seats which have tables to put our drinks and popcorn on.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

A unique concert that touched the audience whether they were dedicated jazz lovers or first timers to jazz. It was a great show, praised by all in a superb theater with great acoustics.

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

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 7, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 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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1 Thank Ken B
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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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