BAR HARBOR — As temperatures begin to dip below the frost line and the nights grow long, The Criterion Theatre looks to expand its programming for the winter season.
“We have a diverse lineup planned,” said Director Heather Martin. “Everyone is so excited for ‘Star Wars,’ which opens mid-December, and that is a lot of fun, but there is also the new ‘Bond’ in early November, and on New Year’s Eve, there will be a full-on gala event with all-ages programming in the first part of the evening, then moving into a grown-up party complete with ‘Bella’s Bartok’, a really great six-piece klezmer band, to round out the evening.”
In addition to the public events, the theatre also is serving this winter as an extended classroom for theatre creation at both the college and elementary levels. “It’s the perfect direction for this amazing space,” said Martin. “The Criterion has always been a hub of the community, and now that the theatre is an organized nonprofit, the mission creates really exciting new ways for the community to use it.”
In addition to serving the community, remaining open year round gives the newly formed organization additional time to plan for the summer season ahead. “We are thrilled to be a Centennial Partner,” said Martin. “And we are excited to be involved in numerous ways. We also are looking forward to some pretty special events including lectures, live music and some local talent. Things are looking good!”
Working in conjunction with the new programming approach, the Criterion is launching both a new volunteer recruitment program, as well as a new membership program. “This space belongs to the community – we want to make sure everyone feels invited and welcome, be it through taking tickets at a matinee or becoming a financial donor. Ownership of the space, in whatever way feels right, matters.”