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We welcome you all, young and old, to our little gem hidden in Blue Town, Sheerness. We are a community cinema, music hall, museum and show destination right here on the Isle of Sheppey. If you’re looking for a day/night out, then look no further.

The Criterion Bluetown encompasses Bluetown Heritage Centre, Criterion Music Hall and Criterion Community Cinema. It is entirely run by volunteers. The centre has a number of displays showing the vast historical significance of the area. We have connections to the Aviation museum at Eastchurch, the birthplace of Aviation.

The Criterion Music Hall and Community Cinema and have a vast array of shows and events to suit all tastes. We are open Thursday to Saturday.


Virtual Walkthrough of The Criterion Blue Town

Want to have a taster of what we have on show at The Criterion Blue Town? Want to learn a bit about the history of Blue Town and take a short fun quiz? Then you have come to the right place. Watch the film below and pay attention as you will be asked 3 questions at the end. Then use the form under the video to submit your answers to the questions. You can even use this to earn a badge on The Wheels of Time website! Good luck.


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"Friendly and knowledgeable"

I always enjoy visits to the Criterion and selection of cakes afterwards. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the museum and the history of the Island. Would definitely recommend.

– Diana W., Google Reviews
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"Like going back in time"

Housed in an old music hall. Like going back in time. This wonderful little Theatre, museum, Tea shop. Shows films on Fridays, other times live shows. Very interesting little venue.

– Wendy N., TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Beautifully restored and maintained"

I couldn't believe it - as if by magic, you go through a very ordinary door back in time. Beautifully restored and maintained. Manned by enthusiastic volunteers - I loved it.

– Marie-Elise R., Google Reviews
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"Deserves to be better known"

Great variety of information and artefacts, and very well informed friendly volunteers. It deserves to be better known. There's a small team room too. And one of the few surviving music halls.

– Kevin S., TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Great hidden gem"

A great hidden gem featuring heritage, a tea room, a cinema and a chance to enjoy some great entertainment in a venue with character.

– Martin G., Google Reviews