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.

ACT presents shrek the musical

Tickets available: https://www.acadiacommunitytheater.net

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.


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.