An archival image from opening night, June 1932_ PHOTO COURTESY OF BAR HARBOR JAZZ FESTIVAL

Curtains up at the Criterion May 1

BAR HARBOR — Mark your calendars for lights, camera, action and Art Deco decadence. The Criterion Theatre reopens May 1.

The theatre’s season will open with the film Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Now operated by the nonprofit Bar Harbor Jazz Festival, the Criterion has undergone extensive restorations, including mold remediation, bathroom updates, installation of a digital projector and re-cushioning and reupholstering of seats (now with more leg room).

This season, the Criterion will host a variety of live shows, nightly first-run films and children’s programming put on by the Barn Arts Collective of Bass Harbor.

For concessions, the Criterion will offer traditional movie-viewing fares such as popcorn, soda and candy as well a wide selection of beer and wine and an assortment of paninis, wraps and burritos.

The Criterion Theatre, which was built in 1932, is a nonprofit cinema, theater, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding its historic space. The theater does so by making the building accessible to local and visiting audiences while maintaining the space’s historical integrity. Central to the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival’s mission is sharing the space with the community.

As a nonprofit organization, the Criterion relies on contributions to support its continued work. All donations support the theater’s core programs, including arts education and support, public theater and performance and year-round public programs.

For more information, call (207) 288-0829, email [email protected] or visit

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