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“Closed for business” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Criterion Theater

Criterion Theater
35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-3441
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Ranked #18 of 19 Attractions in Bar Harbor
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Portland, Maine
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“Closed for business”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA
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“Please support this venue”
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 in the balcony of a movie theater these days and even rarer to have a place to set down your snacks without huddling them in your lap for two hours. The Criterion offers both and they offer reasonably priced concessions - something you just don't see anymore. We got to see Dark Knight Rises the other night and got out of there for about $11 a person, including popcorn, soda and snacks. Tickets as of 8/2012 are $8 for everyone and for all shows. Not bad at all. They do need to do something about the projector since it doesn't perfectly align with the screen (it's probably been in the same place for fifty years) but I would assume, if the new owners are smart, they will invest in a digital projector and a sound system that takes full advantage of the Criterion's amazing acoustics when they make a little more money. This is where we come in: go to the Criterion. Make sure it stays open. It is a Bar Harbor icon and it deserves our patronage and our admiration.

Visited August 2012
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Great theater! Art deco to the max!”
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.

Visited September 2011
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Willow, Alaska
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“Hope it reopens soon!”
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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“Criterion Theatre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Good fun to come here to a performance of your choice.

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