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Country Music in the Maine

We attended the Montgomery Gentry Concert here. What a wonderful venue and even better staff... read more

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annmjohannsen
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Fall River, Massachusetts
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A beautifully restored, historic, art deco theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The Criterion is a beautifully restored historic art deco theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine. The staff... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
pcpugh
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Mount Desert Island, Maine
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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!
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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35 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1809
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We attended the Montgomery Gentry Concert here. What a wonderful venue and even better staff, friendly, pleasant, helpful even about other happenings in town! Great time can't wait to attend another event here. This quaint town is worth the trip! Beautiful!!!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Criterion is a beautifully restored historic art deco theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive. The Criterion offers a wide range of nationally known live performers, local performers, first-run movies, and various special programs year-round. Food and drink is available...More

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Date of experience: January 2019
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review! We’re delighted that you enjoy our theatre (we’re pretty fond of it, too!) and are thankful that you took time to leave us a review. Come back and see us soon!

Reviewed January 12, 2019

We recently saw a movie at the Criterion in Bar Harbor. We've been going there since we were kids, but it was wonderful to be there again and enjoy the Art Deco style and see how in restoring it, after some hard years, it is...More

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Date of experience: January 2019
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your ever-so-kind words! We’re very proud of our lovely theatre and our excellent staff. We’re so glad you enjoyed your visits with us and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family’s memories!

Reviewed January 4, 2019

I experienced wonderful service from the concession servers; the auditorium is magnificent and the picture/sound is top notch. An altogether splendid evening!

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Date of experience: December 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We love hearing good things about our staff and we’re so glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

Reviewed December 20, 2018

Love the Criterion for live music and shows (and movies). It's a spectacular theater and not to be missed. So happy they are bringing live productions to Bar Harbor.

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Date of experience: December 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are grateful for your kind words and your support of our theatre!

Reviewed December 14, 2018

Wonderful Robinson Ballet of the Nutcracker. Excellent production and very happy to have live ballet at the Criterion!!

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Date of experience: December 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2018

We’re so happy you enjoyed the ballet! We’re hoping to make this an annual event. Thank you for taking time to review us!

Reviewed December 12, 2018

Fun atmosphere, like stepping back in time. I love this vintage theatre. My family has attended several events here and always appreciate the friendly and helpful attendants..

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Date of experience: September 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're really proud of our staff and we're so glad that you found them to be helpful and personable. Thanks for your patronage and we look forward to having you join us again soon!

Reviewed November 15, 2018

What a beautiful building and a great non profit arts center! So many wonderful shows to see there and a great staff. Not to be missed!!

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Date of experience: November 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018

Thank you so much! I’m glad you mentioned our staff. I’m endlessly proud of our paid and volunteer staff and I just love it when they get recognition for a job well done!

Reviewed November 15, 2018

This has been my hometown theatre since I was a kid, almost every summer blockbuster of my childhood was seen here, Star Wars (the first one), Aliens, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, And full disclosure, I also volunteer for live events at the Theatre and also rent...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018

Thank you for the review, neighbor! We are so lucky to have Criterion ambassadors like you. Also, it’s a job perk to be next door to your coffee!

Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

I have been to several live shows and also some films over the last couple of years. Every experience has been awesome. The quality of the musicians, like David Crosby, Judy Collins, Billy Bob Thornton etc is not only amazing pespecially for a small island...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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AmyRoeder, Executive Director at Criterion Theater, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018

What lovely things to say about our theatre! Thank you so much. We’re grateful for a community that supports us and for the great audiences we’ve had. Also, you’re so right about wine & popcorn...

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Response from AmyRoeder | Property representative |
Oh my, we're late in responding... Street parking and parking in the municipal lot behind the theatre or in the one on Rodick St are your best options. Parking on the street is two hours until 6pm and is then unrestricted. I... More
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