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 & Development Directors 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, matching gifts, planned gifts, business sponsorship opportunities, or our Gift Policy, 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

(Please note that as of July 2018 our on-screen and playbill advertisements are not included in Business Memberships, but can be purchased through separate transactions.)

For more information please email our Development Director at: mark@criteriontheatre.org

Vehicle Donation


Donate your used or worn-out vehicle to V-DAC (Vehicle Donation to Any Charity) and the proceeds can go directly to the 1932 Criterion Theatre!  Simply click the V-DAC button on this page, and you will be guided through the process.  Turn the jalopy in your barn or the blight on your lawn into much-needed financial support for the 1932 Criterion Theatre! Thanks!

Vehicle Donation

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 Hollywood movies, independent & classic films, live music by world-famous and local performers, theatre, 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: 

FUNDING is NEEDED FOR the following:


  • Updating the Criterion's 1980's Audio Equipment: $70,000

  • Updating the Criterion's Lighting Equipment to modern energy-efficient LED lights: $30,000

  • Tuck Pointing Exterior Wall - Western Façade (brick): $30,000-50,000

  • Finalizing HVAC System Overhaul, including the installation of an Air Exchange System in order to recirculate fresh, climate-controlled air for the health of our patrons, removing dust particles, mold, and bacterial contaminants: $25,000

  • Completing ADA Compliance Project (including infrared hearing system): $20,000 [Grant funding has been received: soon-to-be completed!]


  • Reinstalling keystone and original design elements at top of Proscenium Arch (see photo, below): $2,500

  • Backstage Shower Installation: $1,700-2,500

  • Redecorating the Green Room: $1,500-2,000

  • Connecting interior and exterior offices (creating a doorway between them): $1,500-2,000


  • Green Room: Couches, Rugs, Full-Sized Refrigerator, Microwave, Wooden Shelving, Small Tables.

  • Criterion (Staff) Office: Small Refrigerator, Microwave, Couch. 

Interior shot of the Criterion Theatre prior to the full restoration; notice the keystone design element at the top of the Proscenium Arch.

Interior shot of the Criterion Theatre prior to the full restoration; notice the keystone design element at the top of the Proscenium Arch.