A still image from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the J.K. Rowling film premiering on Nov. 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF HEYDAY FILMS

‘Fantastic Beasts’ to premiere, business participation welcomed



BAR HARBOR — The much-anticipated J.K. Rowling film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will premiere at The Criterion Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. and run through Thursday, Dec. 8.

“Fantastic Beasts,” based on Rowling’s book of the same name, takes place 70 years before Harry Potter is in Hogwarts and follows writer Newt Scamander as he researches and rescues magical creatures.

The Criterion invites local businesses, especially those in downtown Bar Harbor, to become part of the festivities surrounding the premiere and screenings. Whether it’s giving out wands, displaying magical creatures in a storefront or dressing in costume, participation is encouraged.

“Everyone loves the magical world of Harry Potter. This movie is such a wonderful way to expand the story and engage the creativity of kids and grown-ups alike,” said theater Director Heather Martin. “We are really excited about the possibility of partnering with you and your business to make this a magical and memorable event for all.”

Any business interested in joining the “Fantastic Beasts” promotion should contact Martin at [email protected].

Tickets for the screenings, which cost $8 for balcony seats, $7 for orchestra and $6 for students/seniors in the orchestra, are available at www.criteriontheatre.org.

Visit The Criterion Theatre on Facebook to learn about “Fantastic Beasts”-themed contests and activities.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit cinema, theater, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers and audiences. The Criterion has been a staple of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island arts community since its construction in 1932 and looks forward to a long future of welcoming theater goers. Visit www.criteriontheatre.org or call 288-0829.

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