Sag Harbor Cinema

90 Main Street,
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

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Sag Harbor Cinema

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Known as the Elite Theatre when it opened on November 1, 1919, the theatre was renamed Sag Harbor Theatre when it was acquired by the Glynne’s chain in September 1927, for an amount rumored to be between $35,000 and $40,000. This small town movie house was remodeled in 1936, and is best known architecturally for its vintage auditorium, white facade, and neon lettering.

The Sag Harbor Cinema is located in the central shopping district of this popular resort town near the Hamptons. Still a delightful single screen art house cinema, its chocolate covered popcorn is also not to be missed!

On 16th December 2016 the front of the Sag Harbor Cinema was destroyed by a fire which spread from a nearby cafe. The auditorium was spared.

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Interesting aside. In February of this year Gerald Mallow, who owned the theater for 30 years, put it on the market for $14 million.

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Officials are even questioning whether they will be able to save the historic facade.

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Uploaded fire aftermath photo from

DavidZornig on December 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

Demolition video and saving of the sign.

robboehm on December 17, 2016 at 10:56 am

The reality is the signage is a reproduction of the original. A decade or so the sign was replaced. I seem to recall the cost at around $22,000.

moviebuff82 on December 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm

thankfully the theater interior didn’t suffer any major damage just the exterior.

robboehm on December 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

I wouldn’t think that moviebuff. The roof collapsed and they put tons of water on it. From the accounts I read the place was a total loss except for the signage. Also, from accounts I read previously there was a small balcony. After the demo of the facade there is no signs of that.

DavidZornig on December 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

FYI, another local piece.

robboehm on December 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Stories are conflicting about the auditorium itself. Time will tell.

Curtis Cooper
Curtis Cooper on December 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

And another local piece:

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