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/or business sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Development Director at: mark@criteriontheatre.org.

Thank you!

Individual Memberships at $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, and $2,500+ levels Business Memberships at $250 and $500 levels

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

FUNDING is NEEDED FOR the following:


Purchasing & Installing New Sound & Lights: $90-120K

Completing ADA Compliance Project (including infrared hearing system): $23K

Completing HVAC System Overhaul:  $22K

Tuck Pointing Exterior Wall (Western Façade): $50K+


Reinstalling  Keystone at Front Façade: $2.5K

Reinstalling Exterior Copper Lights: $5K


Green Room: Couches, Rugs, Full-Sized Refrigerator, etc.

Backstage: Shower Installation