Sag Harbor Cinema

90 Main Street,
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

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

And another local piece:

robboehm on December 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

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

DavidZornig on December 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

FYI, another local piece.

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.

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 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.

DavidZornig on December 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

Demolition video and saving of the sign.

robboehm on December 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Uploaded fire aftermath photo from

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 12:53 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 12:34 pm

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

Orlando on December 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

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 9:37 am



robboehm on February 12, 2012 at 12:15 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 7:06 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 6:19 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 11:35 am

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 3:27 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 8:56 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 3:39 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 12:09 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.

atmos on October 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm

John and Drew Eberson have a listing at the Wolfsonian for a Sag Harbor Theatre dated 1936.

robboehm on October 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Great pictures. Never had occasion to be inside. Never thought it would be so sleek.

undercrank on October 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Here are some 2009 photos of the Sag Harbor theater, inside and out, plus a night shot to show the neon sign lit up. Is the platform stage inside built over a former orchestra pit or just the regular floor? Was there a theatre organ in here when it opened?

LJS on April 26, 2008 at 1:03 am

I used to spend my summers in Sag Harbor as a kid, and I swear it seemed like “Atomic Cafe” played for about five years. My parents live out there now, and the theater seems to get decent movies. I always tell myself I’ll catch a show at Christmas or during the summer, but I never seem to be able to.