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. 

Upcoming events

The Criterion is home to a variety of live events including concerts, children's shows, operas, comedians, dance and speakers. We welcome local acts as well as those "from away", bringing the best of the performing arts to the Mount Desert Island community in an intimate, art deco space. Keep an eye here, check out the calender, and follow us on Facebook, or subscribe to our email list to keep up to speed with everything that is happening at the theatre.

Please note tickets will become available for each show at varying times. Check back to see when they will go live, or call 207-288-0829.

Barn Arts Collective is back with another interactive, original show. Coming summer 2017 is an original adaptation of the classic story The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi with puppetry, projections and music. Pinocchio will be a co-production with 3 Sticks, a NYC-based theatre company. NOTICE: Performance on 8/27 has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict.



Laszlo gardony trio

Saturday, August 19 at 8 p.m.

Balcony and Platinum $25

Gold and silver $20

Laszlo Gardony is an American jazz pianist and composer born in Hungary who leads his own trio. Gardony has been praised for his "fluid pianism" in The New York Times and for his uniformly high quality of compositions, harmonic complexity, and emotional content. Jazz Review has described him as a "pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers."


Kenny Wayne Shepherd BAND

Tuesday, August 22nd at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $63 for Balcony/Center Orchestra & $53 for Orchestra, left and right

Tickets are now available!

There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it's played service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase 'young blues rock guitarist' within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 

Beausoleil avec michael doucet

Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m.


Balcony $30

Front Section $25

General Orchestra $20

Tickets are now available!

For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet's spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. They've captivated listeners from New Orleans to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson's meltdown festival in England. 

Los Lobos

September 15 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $60 for Balcony and Orchestra Premium

$40 for General Orchestra 

“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way,” said Louie Perez, the primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on
“Gates of Gold.”


The stories on “Gates of Gold” are snapshots of experiences that Perez and his band mates have had, based on where they are emotionally and how they respond to evolving life circumstances.


“We live out loud most of the time and share our life this way, but then there are more intrinsic things that happen, and our songs are part of the way we react to them,” Perez said. “We sit down and basically tell people what has happened. We certainly didn’t start this project with aspirations to create the musical equivalent to great American literary works.”

robert cray

Tuesday, October 3 at 8 p.m.

Tickets on sale:

Fan Club- 7/30 at 10 a.m.

Criterion Members- 7/31 at 10 a.m.

General Public- 8/1 at 10 a.m.