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.

ian harvie

Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m.

Unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has ever touched, Ian’s unique act challenges the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities, ultimately uniting us all.


Harvie is best known for his role as “Dale” in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV series TRANSPARENT on Amazon. You may have also seen Ian guest starring as ”Michael” on the soapy, nighttime drama, MISTRESSES on ABC; or as “Chris” on the hilarious, hit millennial sitcom YOUNG AND HUNGRY on Freeform; and multiple other appearances as himself on THE NIGHTLY SHOW with LARRY WILMORE on Comedy Central, CNN’s NEWSROOM with BROOK BALDWIN, COMICS UNLEASHED on ABC, and ROADTRIP NATION on PBS.


Harvie toured for years with Margaret Cho as her opening act, later turning cross-country headliner and groundbreaking transgender comedian; playing clubs, theaters, and colleges around the US, CAN, EUR and AUS. He has performed in a few of the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals: JUST FOR LAUGHS in Australia and Canada, and the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL in Australia.


Harvie's most recently accomplishment, filming and premiering his debut, one-hour standup comedy special, MAY THE BEST COCK WIN on Seeso (NBC’s digital comedy network), released January of this year.


Em & company


Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m.

All tickets $15

A blend of musical styles by one of Maine's most exciting and upcoming singing talents, Emily Young. Join us in celebrating The Criterion's 85th year with light refreshments and drinks before the show beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds to benefit The 1932 Criterion Theatre in its 85th Anniversary year. 



A Barn Arts Collective & 3 Sticks Production

July 6-September 3 

Thursdays at 11 a.m. & Sundays at 1 p.m.

All tickets $7

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. Check back later for tickets and more details. 

lori mckenna

Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $20-$25

Tickets available now!

McKenna is one of the most sought after songwriters in the industry with her songs recorded by top artists including Reba, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. McKenna puts a magnifying glass on un-championed lives. The result is over a decade worth of songs filled with honest stories and melodic depth, and her latest release, “The Bird & the Rifle” is no exception.

don pasquale

A Comic Opera presented by Bar Harbor Music Festival

July 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets available with BHMF

Don Pasquale, a comic opera, plays live on The Criterion stage thanks to Bar Harbor Music Festival. 

rick charette

Sunday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices TBA

Rick Charette is Maine's premiere children's singer and songwriter, bringing fun, energetic music to kids! 


legend of the banana kid

Frogtown mountain puppeteers

Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m.

All tickets $5

Lucky Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure! Including 20 hand-crafted mouth-and-rod puppets and a slew of styrofoam bananas! Great for ages 4 and up. Runtime is 45 minutes. 


danika portz

Saturday, August 5 at 8 p.m. 

All tickets $15

Nashville recording artist and songwriter Danika Portz is creating a buzz in Music City. Originally from Remsen, Iowa, Danika Danika is a seasoned veteran of the stage. She will be appearing with a full band. 


Samba meets jazz

Wednesday, August 9 at 8 p.m.

Balcony $20, Orchestra $10

Samba Meets Jazz is a public performance of world class Brazilian fusion jazz artists from all over the globe, gathering as part of an annual educational forum.

Brett dennen

Friday, August 11 at  8 p.m.

Tickets $18-$28

On sale Friday, June 9 at 12 p.m.

An American folk/pop singer from California, called “timeless” by John Mayer, Brett Dennen is a gifted guitarist, vocalist and lyricist who pushes for societal change through his music. He has toured with John Butler Trio, John Mayer, and Rodrigo y Gabriela.



Adults $12, Students $10

Buffalo, New York based band Intrepid Travelers is a nationally touring act that has quickly built a following as an improvisational band that draws influence from the diverse catalog of American music. With heavy roots in jazz-funk fusion, rock, bluegrass, classical, and electronic music, they offer party music for the head and heart that also keeps the dance floor grooving. 

Squirrel stole my underpants

The Gottabees

Friday, August 18 at 2 p.m.

All tickets $5


A lonely, awkward girl named Sylvie is sent out to the backyard to hang up the laundry when a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off! As the story unfolds, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket and Sylvie learns that she is a strong girl with magic within herself. Blending puppetry, dance, and physical theater The Gottabees explore what it means to be a kid with equal parts fun and profoundness.


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.”