Flood Drowns Theater Stage

BAR HARBOR — Frozen pipes that burst inside the Criterion Theatre here late last month caused tens of thousands of gallons of water to flow onto and soak through the theater’s venerable wooden stage.


Exposed water pipes on either side of the stage burst in the incident, which occurred on Dec. 27, flooding the area with water which drained down into the basement boiler room, where a fire alarm was triggered. A total of 10,441 cubic feet of the water was lost in the incident, the equivalent of 78,000 gallons of water, said theater board member Steve Lambert.

The pipes burst 8 feet above the stage, sending out showers that heavily damaged the eight JBL concert speakers set on the stage, filling several of them with inches of water. A “snake” cable, used to hook up all of the sound equipment to the theater’s mixing board, also was heavily damaged.

At least 400 square feet of plaster on the basement ceiling was ruined and had to be ripped off, Mr. Lambert said.

No estimate of the cost to repair the damage is available yet.

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