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Wonderful venue

My husband and I attended a concert at the Criterion Theater this June. The venue is a beautifully... read more

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Marianne M
Great Art Deco Theater!

Really enjoyed our viewing of We Were An Island, and the commentary by the artists! Great theater... read more

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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 yesterday

My husband and I attended a concert at the Criterion Theater this June. The venue is a beautifully preserved vintage theater. And the staff was friendly! We loved the concert and will attend more in the near future.

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Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Marianne M
Reviewed yesterday

Really enjoyed our viewing of We Were An Island, and the commentary by the artists! Great theater and experience!

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Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful rainy day activity! When it rains they open for mantiees so check their website if you are looking for something to do. Sat in the balcony. Enjoyed every minute of the experience! Yes, floors were sticky, but the beers were cold, the balcony was...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We go to the Criterion theater several times each summer. The restored theater is quite beautiful and the crowd is always fun and friendly. We have gone to see movies on a large screen, and also to see bands play in a more intimate setting....More

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Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Laura Lee H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful venue with restored Art Deco octagonal ceiling and unique program premiering to packed hall We Were An Island - followed by panel of local author of book on which it is based, Director and composer with some local actors in attendance. Bravo !

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Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Hornor D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get to the theater early enough to get a seat for the balcony and try to get one of the seats at the front of the balcony that has a table. Very convenient. The seats are comfortable and the view of the screen was excellent....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank SpeekEZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see a show or movie --- need to keep these gems around for posterity! It's a hard endeavor but so worthwhile when done well.

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Date of experience: June 2019
Thank araxseta
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the real thing -- Art Deco gem in the middle of Bar Harbor. They host all sorts of events, not just movies, also concerts, events, etc.

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Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mary T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Criterion has been a mainstay of Bar Harbor since 1932 and continues with world class movies and acts in its current non profit status. Get there early and enjoy the amazing chandelier and art deco appointments.

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Date of experience: June 2019
Thank islandkidz123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed being in the Criterion. Live here and spent many nights going to the movies there as a teenager. It is wonderful to see that it has been restored to it's original beauty.

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Date of experience: June 2019
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walterkop
May 24, 2019|
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Response from AmyRoeder | Property representative |
We don’t book our movies that far in advance, so I’d suggest checking mid/late June. For live events, we have Judy Collins on the 26th and Nimbus Dance on the 27th. The previous week is the Bar Harbor Music Festival at many... More
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bangorbuddy
August 12, 2016|
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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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