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. 

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New membership programs coming january 1, 2018! 

Annual Individual Memberships at $60, $120, and $360

Annual business memberships including event sponsorship at $500, $1,000, $3,000 and $10,000

For more info before January 1, please email Kristin Leffler at kristin@criteriontheatre.org 

Through donations and ongoing memberships, your support is key to keeping this historic space alive and well for future generations. We appreciate your generosity!

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent permissible. 

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The Criterion is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers, and audiences. At the core of our mission is sharing the space with the community by offering a wide array of programming. This season we will feature first-run blockbuster Hollywood movies, weekly programs for children and families, live performances, music, theatre, community events, and so much more! 

Through a generous, anonymous donation we were able to purchase the Criterion outright, and immediately begin restorations. The first phase of these restorations included; acquiring brand new carpeting and a digital projector; having the seats refurbished and the stage repaired; and restoring the dressing rooms and green room. Now we are seeking a second round of funding to assist repairing the roof, replacing the curtains and drapes for the staging area, and heating, air conditioning, and duct work. 

Even though we are now open there is still a lot left to do, but we are sure that we can do it with a little bit of help. Please, help us restore and share this wonderful community resource. Feel free to contact us if you would like to  to get involved. Thank you for your support!

Click the image below to read the 2016 Annual Report!


To donate by mail download this form and send it with your donation. 

Thank you kindly, 

Board Members

Richard Cleary, President

Carrie Jones, Vice President
Steve Parady, Treasurer
Stephen Leiser, Secretary
Steven Boucher, Clerk

Thom Willey

Shane Ellis

Michael Boland

Jodi Baker

Nicholas Schoeder

Sheridy Olsen

Chris White

Jeff Young

Karol Foss, Honorary

Bill Ferm, Honorary

1932 Criterion Theatre
PO Box 642
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

For more information or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email info@criteriontheatre.org



If you are interested in underwriting a particular project, here are the costs associated with the major ones, of course we welcome any size contribution, from $5 to $500. 

Digital Projector - $75,000

Expansion and Restoration of the Seats - $100,000

Restoration of Wall Panelling - $50,000

Restoration of the original Manley Popcorn Maker- $5,000

Restoration of the Concession Stand - $10,000

Electric work on the original handsets/intercom - $1,000

Upgrading the restrooms to ADA compliance - $25,000

Rebuilding/repointing of the brick walls - $50,000 PER WALL

Rebuilding the façade - $20,000

Reinstalling the keystone at the top of the façade - $2,500

Reinstalling the original exterior copper lights - $5,000

Reproducing the original wall sconces - $250 PER SCONCE

Reproducing the original curtains - $250 PER CURTAIN