A nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space in the heart of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Donate to the 1932 Criterion Theatre


Help support the 1932 Criterion Theatre!

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the 1932 Criterion Theatre appreciates your donation in any amount. Donations to the General Fund are unrestricted and will be applied to the most pressing needs of the organization, at the discretion of the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees. Should you wish to make a donation to a particular area of focus, or if you have any questions regarding gifts of securities, planned gifts, and matching gifts for businesses, please contact our Development Director at: mark@criteriontheatre.org.

Thank you!

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, please email our Development Director, Mark Tipton at: mark@criteriontheatre.org

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema,  and community gathering space.  The Staff and Board are committed to presenting the highest level of live shows, films, and special events, and to safeguarding this vibrant historic space for all to enjoy. At the core of our mission is sharing this space with our community through offering a wide array of programming. The current season features a wide range of offerings, including first-run blockbuster Hollywood movies; live music, theatre, and comedy performances; programs for children & families; community events; and much more! 

Through a generous anonymous donation in 2015 we were able to purchase the 1932 Criterion Theatre 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. We are currently seeking funds to update the sound & lights, repair the roof, replace the curtains and drapes for the staging area, and update the HVAC system. 

We are grateful for your donation at any level, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to  to get involved.

Thank you for your support! 
The Board of Directors

For more information or if you have any questions please email us at: info@criteriontheatre.org

Major Project Costs


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