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 33 comments)

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm

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

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Uploaded fire aftermath photo from

DavidZornig on December 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

Demolition video and saving of the sign.

robboehm on December 17, 2016 at 7:56 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 11:42 am

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

robboehm on December 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

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 8:20 am

FYI, another local piece.

robboehm on December 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

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

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Curtis Cooper on December 26, 2016 at 8:58 am

And another local piece:

robboehm on May 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

The May 18, 2017 Newsday reports that Billy Joel has contributed $500,000 to the rebuilding project which entitles him to naming rights of the theater’s popcorn stand.

This pushes fund raising efforts to $2.25 million. The Sag Harbor Partnership signed an agreement on April 6 to buy the property from the owner at an asking price of 8 Million but they must have 75% of this pledged by July 1st. (Originally the quoted asking price before the fire was $18 million.)They also hope to raise an additional $5 million to rebuild the iconic facade, upgrade the sound and projection in the main theater and add two smaller screening rooms.

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