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Criterion Theater

35 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1809
+1 207-288-0829
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Talk About a Hidden Jewel~

On our first night in Bar Harbor, my daughter and I decided to see a movie. "Solo" was playing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
abnation17
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Allen, Texas
Cheap prices and beautiful architechture

My Dad and I went to go see a showing of Jaws here and had a great time. The seats were cheap and... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2017
RyoLove247
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Brookline, New Hampshire
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Historic venue with live music, dance, comedy, theatre, movies and other events. Also, we used to have a speakeasy in our basement!
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible10%
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“reel pizza” (3 reviews)
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35 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1809
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+1 207-288-0829
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our first night in Bar Harbor, my daughter and I decided to see a movie. "Solo" was playing... It wasn't very crowded that night...and we had the best seats in the center balcony. They played some nice jazz before the movie...and the movie presentation...More

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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

What a lovely thing to say! Thank you for your review! Out of curiosity, how could we have improved your experience? We're always looking for new ways to meet the needs of our customers!

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Reviewed August 11, 2017

My Dad and I went to go see a showing of Jaws here and had a great time. The seats were cheap and although we didn't get any snacks they were significantly cheaper than a normal movie theater. We sat up on the balcony and...More

Thank RyoLove247
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review! We pride ourselves on being a unique and affordable place to see movies and live events and we're happy that was your experience. Come back and see us again sometime soon!

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Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

We loved the refurbished theater from the 30s. Very cool! The food and drinks were very cheap compared to a regular movie theater, but the popcorn was bad (soggy and chewy).

Thank steke2017
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review! I hope you'll be happy to hear that we've improved upon our popcorn. Come back soon and say hello!

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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were surprised to find that Singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Lori McKenna was appearing at this small, intimate venue built in 1932. We learned that the people behind this now-nonprofit are brining in noteworthy musicians as they continue to save and preserve...More

Thank Ed H
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

What a lovely review, thank you! You're correct that we're bringing in some wonderful new programming and we hope you'll join us for another live show!

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

Caught opening night of Spiderman on a rainy night. Learned that you can buy tickets in advance on their website, which is probably not usually necessary, but a good idea if you want to sit in the balcony for the best viewing. Cool old theater,...More

Thank Chris C
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience and we hope you'll be joining us again sometime soon!

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Reviewed July 5, 2017

First off, I wanted to say the inside of the theater is beautiful and the Art Deco remodeling is wonderful!! That being said, I went in today excited to see a film and I'm hard of hearing and when going to the movies I usually...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

Nicely refurbished with a much brighter and clearer picture then years ago and a 50 times better sound system. Excellent prices as well. Theater itself looks beautiful.

Thank NOLANE208
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are delighted that you had a wonderful experience and hope you'll be joining us again soon!

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Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

Tonight we made our first visit to the Criterion Theater, a lovely restored theater in downtown Bar Harbor, ME. We sat n the balcony which was very nice.

Thank DonHBangor_Maine
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Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Popcorn is horrible and butter is awful. How can you run a movie theater with terrible popcorn and tasteless butter.

Thank Craftsmen
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Reviewed November 12, 2016

My wife and I sat in the balcony, where you can order wine or beer for $7 and $6, respectively. The balcony has six separate sections, each with only a handful of seats and tables for your drinks. The building offers a fun, historic atmosphere...More

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