The North Fork Arts Center, a new non-profit that is working to raise $1 million to launch a community arts center at the historic Greenport Theater, is planning a Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 15, to encourage residents to join the effort to revive the theater as a new cultural arts center.

The movie house, built in 1939, is on the market for $5.5 million, but its owner, Josh Sapan, pledged in January to give the theater to the North Fork Arts Center if it raises $1 million in pledges of support for a reserve fund for its operating costs. The group is now within $140,000 of that goal.

“The strong support from the North Fork community is amazing and keeps growing,” says Tony Spiridakis, a founder of the Manhattan Film Institute, who is leading the effort to revive the theater. “We’ve united a remarkable group of talented individuals. We’re close to reaching our goal, but we need everyone’s help to create a true cultural arts center on the North Fork.”

At the April 15 event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the community will learn more about the Greenport Theater’s future and how they can contribute to the North Fork Arts Center vision. Interested attendees can also sign up to volunteer.

The organizers of the Arts Center hope to provide diverse programming, including curated film series, poetry events, art exhibitions, and an international screenwriting competition. They also plan to provide hands-on training experiences and Q&A sessions with industry professionals.

Stay tuned to nofoartscenter.org for more details on the programming being planned for the theater and how you can make a contribution to help the arts center reach its goal.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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