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


martin sexton

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH | 8 PM

Balcony $40  |  Front Center Orchestra $40  |  General Orchestra $30 *NEW RESERVED SEATING MAP* Singer, songwriter and guitarist Martin Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early '90s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as "Scrubs," "Parenthood," and "Masters of Sex" as well as numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more. Tickets are on sale at https://criteriontheatre.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=741&backurl=default.asp.

Balcony $40  |  Front Center Orchestra $40  |  General Orchestra $30

*NEW RESERVED SEATING MAP*

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Martin Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early '90s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as "Scrubs," "Parenthood," and "Masters of Sex" as well as numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more. Tickets are on sale at https://criteriontheatre.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=741&backurl=default.asp.

marc cohn

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH | 8 PM

Balcony $54.50  |   Front Center Orchestra $54.50  |   Premium Orchestra $44.50  |  General Orchestra $29.50 *NEW RESERVED SEATING MAP* Ever since Marc Cohn’s debut album went platinum and won him a Grammy for the soulful ballad Walking In Memphis, he has been mesmerizing audiences with his gifted compositions and honest delivery. Tickets go on-sale for members on 11/16 and for the general public on 11/17. With opening performance by Pete Kilpatrick!

Balcony $54.50  |   Front Center Orchestra $54.50  |   Premium Orchestra $44.50  |  General Orchestra $29.50

*NEW RESERVED SEATING MAP*

Ever since Marc Cohn’s debut album went platinum and won him a Grammy for the soulful ballad Walking In Memphis, he has been mesmerizing audiences with his gifted compositions and honest delivery. Tickets go on-sale for members on 11/16 and for the general public on 11/17.

With opening performance by Pete Kilpatrick!

chris ross and the north

FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND  |  8 PM

Balcony $20  |  Orchestra $15  |  Orchestra (Student) $12 Chris Ross and the North will return to the 1932 Criterion Theatre with their unique blend of Americana and Rock. From the Bangor Daily News: “The world Ross describes in his songs is one that’s probably very familiar to the devoted fan base he’s developed over the years; hard-drinking, hard-working, honest, wry, and, hidden behind a tough exterior, a well of intelligence and emotional depth.” With opening act: GoldenOak!

Balcony $20  |  Orchestra $15  |  Orchestra (Student) $12

Chris Ross and the North will return to the 1932 Criterion Theatre with their unique blend of Americana and RockFrom the Bangor Daily News: “The world Ross describes in his songs is one that’s probably very familiar to the devoted fan base he’s developed over the years; hard-drinking, hard-working, honest, wry, and, hidden behind a tough exterior, a well of intelligence and emotional depth.”

With opening act: GoldenOak!

Island Story Slam: Off-Season

SATURDAY, MARCH 10  |  8 PM

All tickets $15 RESERVED BALCONY / GENERAL ADMISSION ORCHESTRA This local take on the model popularized by the Moth Podcast features Downeast residents telling their best stories live on stage. Stories will run the gamut from absurd to inspirational, and they’ll all be true.  Do you have an off-season story to tell? There will be two live lead-up events - one at College of the Atlantic and one at the Southwest Harbor Library - to determine finalists or you can email info@mydesertislandpodcast.com. HOW TO SUBMIT A STORY.  All finalists will get to perform on the Criterion stage and the story slam champion will receive a cash prize. Come together to share stories, hear stories, and build community.

All tickets $15

RESERVED BALCONY / GENERAL ADMISSION ORCHESTRA

This local take on the model popularized by the Moth Podcast features Downeast residents telling their best stories live on stage. Stories will run the gamut from absurd to inspirational, and they’ll all be true. 

Do you have an off-season story to tell? There will be two live lead-up events - one at College of the Atlantic and one at the Southwest Harbor Library - to determine finalists or you can email info@mydesertislandpodcast.com. HOW TO SUBMIT A STORY.  All finalists will get to perform on the Criterion stage and the story slam champion will receive a cash prize. Come together to share stories, hear stories, and build community.

judy collins

FRIDAY JULY 13TH  |  8 PM

Balcony $75.50  |  Front Center Orchestra $75.50  |  Premium Orchestra $65.50  |  General Orchestra $40.50 *RESERVED SEATING* Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Tickets will go on sale for members on 1/8  and for the general public on 1/10  at criteriontheatre.org.

Balcony $75.50  |  Front Center Orchestra $75.50  |  Premium Orchestra $65.50  |  General Orchestra $40.50

*RESERVED SEATING*

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices.

Tickets will go on sale for members on 1/8  and for the general public on 1/10  at criteriontheatre.org.

Montgomery Gentry

SATURDAY JULY 28TH  |  8 PM

Balcony $75.50  |  Front Center Orchestra $75.50  |  Premium Orchestra $65.50  |  General Orchestra $40.50 *RESERVED SEATING* Here’s To You will be Eddie Montgomery’s return to touring, for the first time without the late Troy Gentry. In honor of Gentry and their nearly two decades-worth of chart-topping Country music, guests can expect to hear their greatest hits mixed with tracks from their new album Here’s To You. Tickets will go on sale for members on 12/13 and for the general public on 12/15 at criteriontheatre.org.

Balcony $75.50  |  Front Center Orchestra $75.50  |  Premium Orchestra $65.50  |  General Orchestra $40.50

*RESERVED SEATING*

Here’s To You will be Eddie Montgomery’s return to touring, for the first time without the late Troy Gentry. In honor of Gentry and their nearly two decades-worth of chart-topping Country music, guests can expect to hear their greatest hits mixed with tracks from their new album Here’s To You.

Tickets will go on sale for members on 12/13 and for the general public on 12/15 at criteriontheatre.org.

The Maine Comedy Allstars

SATURDAY, JULY 21ST  |  8 PM

Balcony $25  |  Orchestra $20  |  Orchestra Discount (Student) $15 *RESERVED BALCONY, GENERAL ADMISSION ORCHESTRA* Featuring the best of Maine comedy, this event promises to be a hilarious night for all ages. The show will be hosted by Connor Mcgrath, voted Maine’s funniest comedian in the 2017 Portland Phoenix Reader’s Poll. Colby Bradshaw, an up-and-coming star, will be opening; Colby won the 2017 Couch Comedy Competition, beating out sixty other comedians. Denis Fogg, a local legend, will be keeping the laughs coming with his rapid-fire wittiness and unique take on Maine humor. Headlining the night is Ian Stuart, known across the U.S. and Canada and founder of the Portland Maine Comedy Festival.

Balcony $25  |  Orchestra $20  |  Orchestra Discount (Student) $15

*RESERVED BALCONY, GENERAL ADMISSION ORCHESTRA*

Featuring the best of Maine comedy, this event promises to be a hilarious night for all ages. The show will be hosted by Connor Mcgrath, voted Maine’s funniest comedian in the 2017 Portland Phoenix Reader’s Poll. Colby Bradshaw, an up-and-coming star, will be opening; Colby won the 2017 Couch Comedy Competition, beating out sixty other comedians. Denis Fogg, a local legend, will be keeping the laughs coming with his rapid-fire wittiness and unique take on Maine humor. Headlining the night is Ian Stuart, known across the U.S. and Canada and founder of the Portland Maine Comedy Festival.


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.