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The Criterion Theatre is a historic performance space at 35 Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor, Maine. Built in 1932 when Bar Harbor's summer scene was at its height, it is one of only two Art Deco theaters in the state of Maine. The theatre has in recent years struggled for financial solvency but was purchased in 2014 by a nonprofit organization. After a major renovation, the theater reopened for business in May 2015. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.Make Criterion Theater a centerpiece of your Bar Harbor vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bar Harbor travel website.
Criterion Theater Reviews
Visiting this theatre is like walking into a time machine of a past era. The art deco alone is worth the price of admission. Be sure to sit on the side aisle seats for the best unobstructed view. I... more »
Wonderful concert with Irish group Lunasa. The sound system was great, able to clearly hear words and instruments. Very glad the Criterion has been putting on traditional and popular music concerts... more »
Totally amazing old-time theater! Travel from St Louis to Bar Harbor for New Year's and ended up finding this little gem. Had just enough time to eat at the Thirsty Whale across the street and then watch Mary Poppins!
Never busy is a plus but popcorn is horrible. Never taste like butter. Even if u ask for extra. Not even my son would eat it. There chairs are like sitting on rocks.
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