Great News for Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, and the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival!
The Bar Harbor Jazz Festival was recently 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. Mold remediation has already been completed with many other improvement to seating, sound, restrooms, stageing, dressing rooms, the speakeasy, and more to follow.
The Criterion Theater 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.
The total predicted renovation cost for the Criterion is $1.5 million. This will cover the mold remediation, new seats, brick restoration on the exterior, restoring the façade to its’ original 1932 state, adding a digital projector, and many other upgrades and improvements to come including the air conditioning and heating ducts. To date, half of the $1.5 million has been attained. The Board of Directors for the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival will be soliciting donations for the remaining $750,000 to complete the renovations this winter.
Michael Boland, a past owner of the Criterion, is the President of the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and is joined by Bill Ferm, Shane Ellis, and Richard Cleary.