Criterion Theatre

35 Cottage Street,
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Criteron Theatre

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The Criterion Theatre is a glorious, well-preserved Art Deco style theater, located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor.

Opening in 1932, it has served the town of Bar Harbor as a movie palace ever since, accomodating such prominent families as the Rockefellers on their vacations to nearby Mount Desert Island.

Kept in fantastic condition over the years, the theater still has most of its original interior: seats, curtains, and even the original lighting board for stage performances. The Criterion Theatre also contains a floating balcony, which is rare for most movie palaces.

A true gem!!

Sadly closed in early-summer of 2011.

Contributed by David

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm

This is another nice 2009 photo of the Criterion.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

The Criterion in Bar Harbor is part of the Opera in Cinema network which presents opera and ballet performances from various European theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Here is a recent night photo.

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on October 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hello,
Robert A. Mitchell was a noted authority on motion picture projection. He was the technical editor of International Projectionist magazine as well as the author of Mitchell’s Manual of Practical Projection. I believe he was from Bar Harbor, Maine and died in 1965.
I was wondering if you know of this man?
Thank you,
Bob Throop

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

From the photos above, it appears that the theatre’s marquee was nicely refurbished sometime between 2006 and 2009. I imagine it was done for the 2007 season, which marked the 75th Anniversary of the Criterion’s opening. This would explain the addition of the “1932” at the crown of the marquee’s main facing.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 11, 2011 at 6:48 am

Very Very Nice,Thanks Ed.

maleman
maleman on May 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Sad news i had friends that where in Bar Harbor two weeks ago they told me the Criterion has closed.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Ugh! That is awful! And with the summer tourist season coming up? I always hoped to get back up there and actually catch a flick. As long as it’s still standing, I suppose there is hope.

mhvbear
mhvbear on May 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

The theater actually closed early last summer.

RichardD
RichardD on October 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

It was open the first week of September 2012 anyways! I was so disappointed it had been closed last time I was there. A little searching on Maine websites says it re-opened in July 2012 .. but still in some dispute ..link to story: http://fenceviewer.com/site/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=75458:criterion-to-reopen&Itemid=941

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