Sag Harbor Partnership Moves Forward with Cinema Purchase Plan

A rendering by NK Architects of the proposed redevelopment of the Sag Harbor cinema.
A rendering by NK Architects of the proposed redevelopment of the Sag Harbor cinema.

The Sag Harbor Partnership announced July 2 that, with $4.5 million committed to their effort to raise $8 million to purchase the Sag Harbor Cinema property, they are signing a contract and going ahead with their plans.

The group is looking to turn the property into a community cinema arts center, restoring the façade of the building, destroyed in a fire last December, and reinstalling the famous “Sag Harbor” sign that has been in storage since the fire.

“We have raised an astounding $4.5 million in less than 3 months,” said Sag Harbor Partnership President Nick Gazzolo June 30. “We wanted to know we had the support to buy the property before making a non-refundable deposit and now we know we do. Our board met and looked at all of the funds raised so far, upcoming events, and new supporters contacting us every day and made a unanimous decision to go forward with the contract.”

On Sunday, July 16, this year’s Big Tent party on Long Wharf from 5 to 8 p.m. will be dedicated to raising money to purchase and rebuild the cinema.

The party will feature a “Taste of Sag Harbor”, live music from the HooDoo Loungers,face painting for children, wines from Bedell, Channing Daughters and Wolffer Wineries, hot dogs and hamburgers whipped up by the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fired Department, and other local food.
The Wildlife Rescue Center will be bringing its wild animal friends.

An art auction for the Cinema, with almost 100 artists, hosted by Paddle8, will be at Tulla Booth, Grenning, Romany Kramoris, Keyes, Sara Nightingale, and Monika Olko Galleries from 2 to 7:30 p.m. the day of the party. Bidding has begun online here.

Tickets to the party are $50, ​available online here. Sponsorships are also available.

This weekend, Sag Harbor will also be celebrating the release of a new book by former longtime Sag Harbor Express Art Editor Annette Hinkle, “Sag Harbor: 100 Years of Film in the Village,” with a party at Sylvester & Co. at 103 Main Street on Sat., July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

More details are online here.

​The Partnership’s teen photo contest, Sag Harbor in Focus, judged by renowned photographer Ralph Gibson, and open to Pierson High School students, will be exhibited the weekend of the Party for the Cinema, July 14 through 16, at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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