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Criterion Theater

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Address: 35 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1809
Phone Number: 207-288-0829
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Relive the Past

Beautifully restored from the ticket window to the concession stand this theater takes you back in time. Pay the extra dollar and sit in the balcony it offers great views and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This 1932 theater had been beautifully and lovingly restored to it's wonderful Art Deco glory. There was actually a Speak Easy below the theater! My advise is: go in and take a look, see a show there or take a tours. All wonderful

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully restored from the ticket window to the concession stand this theater takes you back in time. Pay the extra dollar and sit in the balcony it offers great views and several seats come with a table to sit your snacks or drinks on. The theater has topnotch sound and projection. If you're in Bar Harbor give it a try.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming to Bar Harbor for many years, but somehow never made it to the Criterion until last night, to see the new "Star Trek" movie, which I though was ghastly. The theater is fun; with its Art Deco trimmings, it's like a teeny tiny version of the Castro in San Francisco! Although there is a bar (yes!) on... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Saw Disney's The BFG at The Criterion on a drizzly evening in Bar Harbor. Ticket prices-$7-8 for adults and $6 for children-are very reasonable as are concession prices. A great family activity for indoor evenings!

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New York, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

The theater was ok and we enjoyed watching a movie there, but our expectations were too high after reading about it. We expected it to be a grand old theater (like the Zigfield in NYC) and it was very plain compared to that. Prices were very cheap (half of what we pay at home). Organic popcorn was bland.

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Addison, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Beautiful venue. Saw James McMurtry there last night. We ordered and paid for our tickets over a month ago. When we went to pick them up, the staff could not find them. Luckily I printed the receipt, so they let us in. It was fairly cold last night, so this was not a pleasant experience waiting outside while people searched... More 

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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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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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