“The Polar Express” will play at The Criterion Theatre” on Dec. 10 and 11. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE CRITERION

‘Polar Express’ coming to Criterion

BAR HARBOR — A pair of special screenings of “The Polar Express” will take place at The Criterion Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, at 7 p.m.

The movie, based on the bestselling children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, follows the story of a young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and learns of the magic and power of believing.

The Criterion staff aims to bring a bit of the on-screen magic to life in the theater space with costumes, hot cocoa and cookies. “We’ll have cocoa and cookies and lots of good fun, and you can even come in your jammies!” said Heather Martin, Criterion director. Audience members are encouraged to wear their pajamas as Polar Express riders do in the book and film.

Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased at www.criteriontheatre.org or at the box office an hour before show time.

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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