Our Venue

Recently renovated and restored by and an out pour of generous donations, the historic 1932 Criterion Theatre is now operated by the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival. The Criterion is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers, and audiences.

Moving into the future the theatre is excited to host nightly first-run hollywood films, a variety of live shows, live music, dance, and children’s programming. The theater offers seating for 760, amazing acoustics, original art deco architecture, and a selection of beer and wine, an assortment of paninis, wraps, and burritos, and, of course, the traditional movie-viewing staples: popcorn, soda, and candy.