Sag Harbor Cinema

90 Main Street,
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

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NYer on June 17, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Newsday June 16, 2018

By Jean-Paul Salamanca

A groundbreaking for the new Sag Harbor Cinema was met with applause and hope Saturday.

The theater is expected to be rebuilt by next year, according to Nick Gazzolo, president of local nonprofit The Sag Harbor Partnership, which purchased the cinema.

The new theater will have three screens, a screening room, and a reception area and terrace, according to partnership members.

“It’s going to look the same from the outside and have the old sign and have the old feel to it, but it’s going to be state of the art,” Gazzolo said.

robboehm on March 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

The village planning board has approved a proposal for the rebuilding of the theater with a projected cost of $6 million. A public hearing will be held on April 12th. Under the plan the facade of the old theater will be replicated using the refurbished neon sign. The auditorium will be split in two with seating of 200 and 100. Additional footage will be added to the second and third floors. The second floor will be the home to a 49 seat screening/class room. A grand staircase will connect the floors and there will be a ground floor cafe.

The non-profit Harbor Partnership purchased the building for $8 million earlier this year.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 14, 2017 at 6:30 am

As we approach the first anniversary of the disasterous fire which occured on December 16, 2016, I would like to give you details of a wonderful book which has been published in 2017:

“Sag Harbor:100 Years of Film in the Village” by Annette Hinkle. Published by East End Press and available from Amazon for $35.00

With 128 pages and hundreds of photographs (many in color), the book charts the history of the theatre and others in the town, right up to that fateful night. It is a ‘must’ for any collector of cinema buildings books.

robboehm on May 18, 2017 at 5:03 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.

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

And another local piece:

robboehm on December 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

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

DavidZornig on December 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

FYI, another local piece.

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.

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 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.

DavidZornig on December 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

Demolition video and saving of the sign.

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Uploaded fire aftermath photo from

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 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 3:34 pm

According to News 12 Long Island, the roof collapsed. So it’s RIP.

Orlando on December 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Sag Harbor theatre engulfed in flames after next door cafe burns down next to it. Another five businesses to the right of the theatre were also damaged due to the high winds last night. The facade with its landmark neon SAG HARBOR name stands but nothing is known yet of the interior. The building just turned 97 years old. I hope it is salvagable. I visited the theatre several times when I use to spend the day in Sag Harbor with friends for lunch and movie for the day. It had/has an art deco interior painted a chocolate brown at the time. If it is lost, it will be a blow that Sag Harrbor may never recover from. It was the only single east end movie theatre in operation. Condolences to the owners.

Granola on September 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm



robboehm on February 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Starting in August, 1921, the Elite, inconjunction with the Hampton Press, issued a weekly movie guide which provided space for local advertisers. At that time the Elite program changed every day. Children were 10cents at all times. Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays adults paid 17 cents; a premium of 28 cents for the balcony. Other days and holidays the orchestra was 28 cents and the balcony 33. Those were the days. What can one get for 10, 17, 28 or 33 cents these day?

What were the big “hits” then? How about Tom Mix in “Sky High”, Pearl White in “Any Wife” and Mary Miles Minter in “The Heart Specialist”.

robboehm on February 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

In 1927 the Glynne’s chain took over this theatre which I found odd since their usual venues, such as the Patchogue and Southampton were large. Saw a similar situation with Calderone and the St. James when all the rest of the theatres were large.

robboehm on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

The rear is far from impressive. After I saw it I was surprised what a jewel the interior it.

bicyclereporter on August 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Saw this on my bike trip yesterday. Nice small sandwiched place. I went around back to snap pix since CinemaTour has pics but not of the rear.

robboehm on November 30, 2009 at 6:27 am

Thank you. Since they only had one location, each in Amityville and Babylon, that’s easy. They had two in Patchogue – the Patchogue and the Rialto, and two in Bay Shore – the Bay Shore and the Regent.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 11:56 pm

The Boxoffice item didn’t give the names of the theaters, only their locations. In addition to the $50,000 job at Sag Harbor, Prudential had remodeled houses at Amityville ($50,000), Patchogue ($28,000), Babylon ($14,000), and Bay Shore ($8,000.)

robboehm on November 29, 2009 at 6:39 am

Joe, could you tell us what the other 4 theatres were. It would be interesting to see if all are on CT. Also, the remodeling note could then be added to each.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 3:09 am

Boxoffice of March 28, 1936, has an item datelined Sag Harbor reading: “A new theatre will rise on the site of an old building in the Prudential Playhouses chain here. John Eberson is the architect.”

Another Boxoffice item, from October 17, 1936, says that Prudential Playhouses had spent $148,000 remodeling five theaters on Long Island, and the Sag Harbor house was listed among them, being one of two on which the largest amount, $50,000, had been expended. So the project was either a new building or an extensive remodeling of an existing theatre, depending on which Boxoffice report was accurate.

I can’t find anything in any issue of Boxoffice about there being a second theater at Sag Harbor during this period, so it’s probably safe to assume that this house is the one designed by John Eberson.