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


Star Wars Costume Parade 2017

FRIDAY DECEMBER 15TH  |  5 PM

Jedi, Droids, Stormtroopers and more will once again take to the streets of Bar Harbor in celebration of Star Wars coming to the 1932 Criterion Theatre! This event was made possible by the generous partnership of Atlantic Brewing Company.   At 5 p.m. on December 15th the town is invited to gather in full Star Wars regalia at the intersection of Cottage Street and Main Street. There will be a table outside the Chamber of Commerce for costume contest registration and instructions. Commencing at 5:15 p.m. the parade will progress up Cottage Street, culminating at Atlantic Brewing Midtown. The Bar Harbor Police Department will be directing traffic for the partial closure of Cottage Street, ending at 6 p.m.   Judges will walk with the crowd, watching for three costume categories: most creative, most accurate, and best kid’s costume. After the parade, head into Atlantic Brewing Midtown for the live Cantina Band and the announcement of contest winners.   Participation in the parade is free, and for tickets to the movie, the Criterion box office opens at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

Jedi, Droids, Stormtroopers and more will once again take to the streets of Bar Harbor in celebration of Star Wars coming to the 1932 Criterion Theatre! This event was made possible by the generous partnership of Atlantic Brewing Company.

 

At 5 p.m. on December 15th the town is invited to gather in full Star Wars regalia at the intersection of Cottage Street and Main Street. There will be a table outside the Chamber of Commerce for costume contest registration and instructions. Commencing at 5:15 p.m. the parade will progress up Cottage Street, culminating at Atlantic Brewing Midtown. The Bar Harbor Police Department will be directing traffic for the partial closure of Cottage Street, ending at 6 p.m.

 

Judges will walk with the crowd, watching for three costume categories: most creative, most accurate, and best kid’s costume. After the parade, head into Atlantic Brewing Midtown for the live Cantina Band and the announcement of contest winners.

 

Participation in the parade is free, and for tickets to the movie, the Criterion box office opens at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

the spectacular new year's eve carnival

SUNDAY DECEMBER 31ST  |  2 PM - 4 PM

All tickets $10 GENERAL ADMISSION Celebrate the coming of the new year with the whole family at this interactive theater event. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. you will be able to play carnival games and other activities set up inside the historic theater. Then settle in to your seat for a second hour of laughter and amazement with the Barn Arts’ family-friendly variety show. 

All tickets $10

GENERAL ADMISSION

Celebrate the coming of the new year with the whole family at this interactive theater event. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. you will be able to play carnival games and other activities set up inside the historic theater. Then settle in to your seat for a second hour of laughter and amazement with the Barn Arts’ family-friendly variety show. 

GHOST OF PAUL REVERE

FRIDAY JANUARY 19TH  |  8 PM

Sponsored by Side Street Cafe

Balcony $25  |  General Orchestra $20  |  General Orchestra (Student) $ 15 *GENERAL ADMISSION BY SECTION* Maine-based, award-winning holler folk band Ghost of Paul Revere will once again take The Criterion stage, now with new songs off the recently released album “Monarch.” Featuring opener Spencer Albee! Tickets are on sale now at https://criteriontheatre.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=786&backurl=default.asp

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

*GENERAL ADMISSION BY SECTION*

Maine-based, award-winning holler folk band Ghost of Paul Revere will once again take The Criterion stage, now with new songs off the recently released album “Monarch.” Featuring opener Spencer Albee! Tickets are on sale now at https://criteriontheatre.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=786&backurl=default.asp

mavis staples

FRIDAY JANUARY 26TH  |  8 PM

Balcony $75.50  |  Front Center Orchestra $75.50  |  Premium Orchestra $65.50  |  General Orchestra $40.50 *NEW RESERVED SEATING MAP* R&B and gospel legend Mavis Staples will take the Criterion stage as part of the tour for her new album If All I Was Was Black. In Staple’s own words: “Bring us together as a people—that’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving.” Tickets go on-sale for members on 11/16 and for the general public on 11/17.

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

*NEW RESERVED SEATING MAP*

R&B and gospel legend Mavis Staples will take the Criterion stage as part of the tour for her new album If All I Was Was Black. In Staple’s own words: “Bring us together as a people—that’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving.” Tickets go on-sale for members on 11/16 and for the general public on 11/17.

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!

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.

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.


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.