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.

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The Criterion Briefly Closes for Elevator Construction

The 1932 Criterion Theatre will be closed Friday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 15 due to elevator construction.

“For years and years treasured memories have been made up in the Criterion loge. It’s no secret that the balcony is everybody’s favorite place,” said Director Heather Martin. “Except that ‘everybody’ was limited to those able to climb the stairs. Now, through this extremely generous gift, the balcony truly will be available to all our visitors. We are extremely excited about being accessible to more of our community.”

The theatre will reopen on Thursday, March 16th with the premiere of Beauty and the Beast.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers and audiences. The Criterion has been a staple of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island arts community since its construction in 1932 and looks forward to a long future of welcoming theatre goers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.criteriontheatre.org or call 207-288-0829.

Criterion Receives Grant to Support Children's Programming

(Bar Harbor, ME)-- The 1932 Criterion Theatre was awarded a grant from the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust to aid in funding quality children’s programming through the power of storytelling.

“We are so honored that the work we’ve been doing is being recognized in this way,” said Director Heather Martin. “We’re looking forward to a really amazing 2017 and we’re committed to maintaining quality programming for all ages and creating safe spaces for children to hear and share stories.”

This funding helps The Criterion uphold its mission of safeguarding the historic space for the performing arts and cinema well into the future.

The Hattie A. and Fred C. Lynam Trust was established to support local organizations which are beneficial to and advantageous for the people of Mount Desert Island.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue. The Criterion has been a staple of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island arts community since its construction in 1932 and looks forward to a long future of welcoming theatre goers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.criteriontheatre.org or call 207-288-0829.