A historic space for the performing arts & cinema

The Criterion is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers, and audiences.

Featuring movies, theatre, dance, music, and more. 


How can i find out what's playing?

You're in the right place! Our website has the most up-to-date movie and live show listings found by clicking our navigation bar above. You can also call our theatre at any time for a pre-recorded schedule of events at 207-288-0829. Follow us on Facebook and join our e-mail list for reminders and special deals. 

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available online for most LIVE shows. Movie tickets are available online or at our ticket booth, which opens one hour before showtime.  Still not finding the tickets you are looking for? Call us at (207)288-0829

How much do movie tickets cost?

Balcony tickets are $8 (*Flat rate for all ages)
Orchestra tickets are $7 for adults,
and $6 for children, seniors, and students.

Keep in mind that the balcony is further away from the screen but has semi-private loge sections. It is also closer to the food, beer and wine service. Food, beer and wine is available throughout the entire theatre, however. No discount tickets are available for the Balcony, and group seating isn't guaranteed.

Do you serve food? 

Our concession stand has a wide array of movie-going staples including locally made candies, Maine popcorn with real butter and a selection of soft drinks, juices, ice teas and coffees. Upstairs is our bar with beer & wine.  Food and drink can be consumed anywhere in the theatre but please no outside food.


How can I help ?

Feel free to contact us if you would like to donate, volunteer to staff or promote an event, and to get involved. volunteer@criterointheatre.org

Who owns the theatre now?

We all do! The Criterion is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.