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.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra-String Quartet

Bella's bartok

with the Crown Vics

Saturday, April 29 at 8 PM

Adults $15, Students $10

The high energy, eclectic spectacle-of-a-band, Bella’s Bartok, will take the 1932 Criterion stage on Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. with The Crown Vics as an opener. Bella’s Bartok is a six-piece powerhouse musical group and a fusion of Bohemian Klezmer Punk and pop with vaudeville undertones. Winning Deli Magazine’s “Best of New England” twice, the group continually pushes the boundaries of musical genres while providing audiences with a true dance party.

The Bella’s Bartok line-up includes Asher Putnam on vocals, Chris “Fancy” Kerrigan on guitar, clarinet, and vocals, Dan Niederhauser on bass and vocals, Saera Kochanski on accordion and mandolin, Amory Drennan on trombone, banjo and vocals, Crisco on drums/percussion and trumpet, and Gershon Rosen on trumpet.


The group has shared the stage with musical acts such as Rubblebucket, Red Baraat, The Indigo Girls and And the Kids.



Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.criteriontheatre.org or at the box office beginning an hour before showtime.


Middle school hamlet project

Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Come see Shakespeare's Hamlet adapted, designed, produced and performed by local middle schoolers with the help of COA advance theatre students. The performances are free and open to the public. 

An evening with David crosby & Friends

Friday, may 26 at 8 PM


Available to the general public Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m.

Legendary singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby will  perform at The 1932 Criterion Theatre on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. as part of a spring tour. Crosby is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band, The Byrds, and the famous Woodstock-era defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash, known for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs. Joining Crosby on tour will be five musical friends: James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period. He will be performing music from his recent solo album “Croz” and the soon to be released new album “Sky Trails” alongside some of his greatest hits.


Chris ross & the north

Friday, june 2nd at 8 pm

Balcony $20

Orchestra $15

Student $12

“The world Ross describes in his songs is one that’s probably very familiar to the devoted fanbase 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.”

- Bangor Daily News

“Young Once is pure Americana. Fans of Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, John Hiatt, and storytellers of similar ilk, will find this album and act most appealling.”

- Bluebird Reviews

“I love his lyrics, the imagery he can raise from a simple phrase, and the range of emotion he can sift through in his vocals, moving from grit to yearn to complete abandon.”

- Maine Music News


Ian Harvie

Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m.

Tickets on sale May 1 at 10 a.m.

Front Center & Balcony: $15

General Orchestra: $10 


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.



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.