Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center
90 Main Street,
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Sag Harbor Cinema (Official)
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Elite Theatre, Glynne's Sag Harbor Theatre, Sag Harbor Theatre, Sag Harbor Cinema
- George's Theatre
- Star Theatre
- Montauk Moving Picture Theatre
- Bay Street Theater
- Atheneum & Masonic Hall
News About This Theater
- Aug 18, 2008 — Sag Harbor looking for new owner
Built on the site of the George’s Theatre. The Elite Theatre opened on November 1, 1919 with Douglas Fairbanks in “His Majesty, The American” plus two Fatty Arbuckle comedies. Seating was provided for 700 in the orchestra and 300 in the balcony. The Elite Theatre was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ.
The theatre was renamed Glynne’s Sag Harbor Theatre when it was acquired by the Mike Glynne’s chain in September 1927, for an amount rumored to be between $35,000 and $40,000. On October 13, 1929 it screened its first ‘talkie’ “Kitty” starring Estelle Brody. The movie was a British made part-talkie.
This small town movie house was remodeled in 1936 by Prudential Long Island Theatres Inc. and a new 516-seat auditorium and façade was designed by noted theatre architect John Eberson. It reopened June 3, 1936 with Shirley Temple in “Captain January”. It became best known architecturally for its vintage auditorium, white façade, and neon lettering.
In July 1968 Prudential were taken over by United Artists and it was renamed Sag Harbor Cinema. It 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 café. The auditorium was spared. In June 2018 plans were passed to rebuild and restore the theatre, which reopened as the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center on April 9, 2021 with “French Exit” & “Nomadland”. The iconic façade has been replicated. The original 480-seat auditorium space now has two cinemas: theatre 1 with 227-seats and the largest screen. Theatre 2 with 98-seats and a screen the same size as the original auditorium’s (pre-fire) screen. A 40-seat screening room is on the second floor.
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