1932 CRITERION THEATRE

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.


The great acadia fire 70 years later: Lessons and future challenges

A panel presentation and discussion

An evening panel presentation and discussion on the climate and forest conditions that were ignited in 1947, the state of Acadia National Park today, and the agencies prepared to protect the island from wildfire into the future. This is not the documentary "The Fire of 47" which will be showing earlier in October.

An evening panel presentation and discussion on the climate and forest conditions that were ignited in 1947, the state of Acadia National Park today, and the agencies prepared to protect the island from wildfire into the future. This is not the documentary "The Fire of 47" which will be showing earlier in October.

The Fire of '47 Documentary Second Screening

October 19, 2017

7:00 p.m.

All Tickets $10 now available through The Criterion 

Directed by local filmmaker Peter Logue and presented by Bar Harbor Historical Society, "Fire of '47" includes interviews, archival footage & photographs, and a historic narration documenting the legendary fire that caused widespread damage to Mount Desert Island. Filmmaker and producers will be in attendance. This is not the panel discussion "The Great Acadia Fire" which will be showing later in October.

Directed by local filmmaker Peter Logue and presented by Bar Harbor Historical Society, "Fire of '47" includes interviews, archival footage & photographs, and a historic narration documenting the legendary fire that caused widespread damage to Mount Desert Island. Filmmaker and producers will be in attendance. This is not the panel discussion "The Great Acadia Fire" which will be showing later in October.

clint black

Friday, October 27 at 8pm

Seating general admission by section

Front Center SOLD-OUT

Balcony SOLD-OUT

Orchestra Premium (Center section) $60

General Orchestra (L+R sides) $50

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It is one of the most storied careers in modern music. Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of '89, reaching #1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, "Killin' Time." He followed that with the triple platinum "Put Yourself In My Shoes", and then a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the '90s. Perhaps most impressively, Clint wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits, including "A Better Man", "Where Are you Now", "When My Ship Comes In",  "A Good Run of Bad Luck", "Summer's Comin'", "Like The Rain" and "Nothin' But the Taillights", part of a catalog that produced 22 #1 singles and made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.

Along the way, Clint has sold over 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen Grammy nominations and earned a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He'll be joining us live onstage at the Criterion with a full band. 

Frogtown mountain puppeteers: The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow

Saturday, October 28th  @ 2:00 p.m.

All tickets $5

Recommended audience 4 years and up

The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers return with their comedic take on this classic Washington Irving tale. Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. Meanwhile, a jealous Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town as they both vie for the affection of Katrina Van Tassel.

The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers return with their comedic take on this classic Washington Irving tale. Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. Meanwhile, a jealous Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town as they both vie for the affection of Katrina Van Tassel.