Sag Harbor Cinema:
A Tour in Photos
The restored façade of the newly and fully renovated Sag Harbor Cinema at Halloween 2020, now with its windows revealed. You can see that it has been exactly replicated like the old Cinema.
This is our grab-and-go café when you first walk in, which will offer locally-sourced food and drink, and Illy coffee. Joe Salerno, our new café manager, will warmly welcome you. It was bustling Saturday! The donor floor plaques, of which there are only three left to name, extend into the lobby.
The new lobby leading down to Theaters 1 and 2. Two of Michael Heller's great tribute photographs to firefighters' heroic work to save the Cinema during the fire of December 2016 hang on the left wall, and new posters that have been generously donated by Kim Cattrall and Ellen and Michael Diamant are on the right. The concession stand is at the end of the lobby.
Remember the old washrooms, with their salmon pink fixtures and settee? We think this is a great improvement! Elizabeth Dow kindly helped us choose beautiful and relatively inexpensive materials for a fresh new look.
Here's Theater 2, to the left at the end of the concession stand. This curvaceous 90-seat theater is a gem, and offers 4k digital projection as well as 16mm and 35mm. It has a Dolby 7 sound system. Get ready for great series and retrospectives!
Our concession stand, featuring Billy Joel's Popcorn Stand. The wallpaper at the end is an exact replication of the old theater's wallpaper, repeated in all three theaters, and the stepped ceiling is a contemporary nod to 30s architecture.
Everyone loves these fabulous lights outside Theater 1, very "Deco" but very modern! Chosen by our architect Allen Kopelson.
Theater 1! Our 230-seat theater, with 4K projection and a 10 out of 10 Dolby Atmos sound system, makes for an experience rarely found in independent or arthouse theaters like ours. It means huge bragging rights for us, and a magnificent addition to our East End community!
Theater 1 looking back from the screen. The screen in Theaters 1 and 2 are both larger than the old Cinema's. Please note the aisle lights as well; these heavy metal panels were salvaged, stripped, repainted, wired and lit to be functional. The exit signs were also salvaged and replicated, and the red seats are exactly the same color as the old seats.
The lovely staircase architect Allen Kopelson designed leading up to the new third floor, with skylight and replicated 30s fixtures visible.
Upstairs from the first floor, looking through the Neda and Al Young Gallery toward the Susan Kohner Weitz Administration office and Philip I Kent Projection Room. The gallery features Don Lenzer's great Sag Noir portfolio, images taken after the devastating fire of December 2016.
Opposite the gallery in the previous photo is our intimate 38-seat Theater 3, a screening room theater. This will be rentable for screenings, but used daily. It will also importantly serve local film students, who will be able to see their own work, finished or in progress, in a truly professional setting.
On the 3rd floor, here is an evening view to the Farkas Family Terrace behind the sign/façade, with a view toward the Bulova building. The poster on the left is from director Joseph Mankiewicz's personal collection, donated by his daughter, artist Alex Mankiewicz.
Opposite the terrace looking towards the back of the building is the Sunny and Abe Rosenberg Foundation Workspace, a flexible room to be used as a classroom, reception area, and conference area. Down the hall is the Martin and Michele Cohen VR/Education Room. Unfortunately, we can't begin VR activities until Covid ends and we can acquire funding for equipment. Basic construction, then being operational, first!
Last but hardly least is our rooftop POV Bar and Lounge! with a sunset view and 180-degree vista overlooking Sag Harbor. To the top right is a door that leads out to yet another rooftop terrace, which we can hardly wait to enjoy with you. And there's more! but please sign up for a physical tour soon so you can see for yourself what your generosity has built for Sag Harbor.
We will be open as soon as Covid rates decline and we can welcome you safely.