Follow up to April “Where in Maine ?”

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By , May 28, 2010 3:31 pm
entrance to the balcony

entrance to the balcony

Now that the answer has been revealed I can tell you that my photo of the theater in Down East magazine’s April  “Where in Maine” was the Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor.

The Criterion Theatre was purchased by Anthony & Erin Uliano in May of 2007 and immediately turned over operation to The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center, a non-profit corporation. You can learn more about the theater on their web site at http://www.criteriontheater.com

The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center mission is to make arts and theatre more accessible to all on Mount Desert Island and beyond, through diverse programming, workshops, and community events. They continue to show top rate movies too!

The Criterion Theatre built in 1932 is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Theatre has 877 seats.

One very special feature of the building is its “floating” balcony, one of a few of its kind. Not only is this free-hanging structure an architectural feat, it also offers some of the best seating in the house. The balcony is divided into nine sections (loges) separated from each other with half walls and from the back corridor with velvet curtains. Originally rented out by the box to the town’s wealthy summer residents, these seats are now available to all, and offer an excellent birdseye view of the screen and stage

While attending a couple of events last year I had time to get some interior shots. Here are a few more…

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view of balcony box seats and theater seats

view of balcony box seats and theater seats

on the balcony level

on the balcony level

Fabulous art deco design, even the rest room signs!

Fabulous art deco design, even the rest room signs!

Art Deco sign recently restored

Art Deco sign recently restored

To see more from last year’s events check out my Island Light blog at

http://sueannehodges.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/criterion-hosts-ken-burns

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