BAR HARBOR, Maine — Hollywood actors in Maine? It’s not that unusual, but when they’re here it is usually to work on a film or for their own low-key enjoyment of the state rather than for a public appearance.
But fresh on the heels of Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss appearing at a local conference center last week to address the Maine State Bar Association about the importance of having civics instruction in schools, two additional famous faces are going to pop up publicly in his wake next week.
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, each of whom also has won an Oscar, will be at the Criterion Theatre in downtown Bar Harbor on Wednesday, July 8, to help raise money for the historic theater. At 8 p.m., the theater will show the 1988 movie “Bull Durham,” in which Sarandon and Robbins starred with Kevin Costner. Costner came to Maine in 1998 to film “Message in a Bottle.”
After the film, Sarandon and Robbins will talk to the audience about their careers and to answer questions. Tickets to the event, which are general admission, cost $35 and can be purchased at the theater’s box office daily after 6 p.m.
“Susan and Tim have been gracious enough to [agree to] spend some time with us on July 8 and meet with our audience and our supporters,” Rob Jordan, president of the nonprofit theater, said Tuesday in a prepared statement. “We can’t thank them enough.”
Last year, Sarandon and Robbins helped launch the theater’s fundraising efforts by issuing a statement on the cultural importance of preserving historic theaters such as the Criterion.
Sarandon and Robbins are known to frequent Mount Desert Island, where Sarandon owns a lakefront property that she inherited from her father, former Mount Desert resident Les Tomalin, who died a decade ago. The actors, who have two sons together, have been a couple since they met while filming “Bull Durham.”
More information about the theater is available on the Internet at www.criteriontheater.com