The Bar Harbor Jazz Festival ~ New Horizons

Great News for Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, and the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival!

Criterion Snow White

The Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor showing “Snow White” in 1937

The Bar Harbor Jazz Festival was the recipient of an extremely generous donation, enabling the purchase of the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor and the implementation of a number of renovations. The initial focus will be to restore the historic building to her original 1932 glory. Improvements include: Mold remediation, seating, sound, restrooms, stage, dressing rooms, the speakeasy, and more.

The Criterion will be the venue to present a full compliment of movies interspersed with a number of live shows – music, theatre, dance, comedy – involving local school programs and community groups all year long.

Future Bar Harbor Jazz Festival Events will be held in the Criterion Theatre. Details on their website: