The Sag Harbor Cinema, in association with the Village of Sag Harbor, presents

Sag Harbor Cinema @Havens Beach



Sunday, June 21

Havens Beach, Sag Harbor

approx. 9:00 pm

How does a musical rom com made in the 1970s about the candy-colored 1950s still resonate in 2020?

There is the familiarity to the story: a tormented high school romance between enigmatic, outsider Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and prim, virtuous Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) with bad-girl Rizzo (Stockard Channing) and her Pink Ladies, plus Zuko’s own gang the T-Birds, getting in the way. And then there is the music: the feel-good quality of Grease’s doo wop soundtrack with smash hits songs like “Summer Nights” and “You’re the One That I Want” made, for what remains to these days, one of the best selling albums of all time.

Travolta, hot off of his iconic disco dancing in Saturday Night Fever (1977, dir. John Badham), was ripe for the role of heartthrob greaser Zuko. Newton-John was already a chart-topping singer across the UK, Australia, and the USA, but she took on the role of Sandy in Grease to assure her a place in both musical and cinematic history.

The New York Times’s review of the film in 1978 described Grease as something that “stands outside the tradition it mimics...and though it deals with teen-age lust quite frankly, its heart is always pure” (Vincent Canby). But the film also was panned by some critics, as "visual junk food" (Gene Shalit, The Today Show), a "klutzburger" (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker), and a movie that "should really be covered on the obituary page" (Rex Reed, The Daily News). Perhaps it is this kind of emotional response that makes audiences love Grease’s kitsch even more: its exuberant energy, both sweet and naughty, playfully mocks the 1950’s teenage saccharine rather than revering it. 

Before Grease became the highest-grossing movie musical of the 20th century, and even before it was setting records as an off-Broadway stage production, it was a 1950s-inspired musical premiering in a former Chicago trolley barn. It was written by advertising copywriter Jim Jacobs and high school art teacher Warren Casey, who were nostalgic for 50s music and greaser culture. Much would change about that original 1971 production, but the central star-crossed love affair between a goody-good cheerleader and a bad-boy greaser would remain.

Grease still ranks in the top five highest-earning movie musicals of all time, grossing nearly $400M against its $6M budget. But that is nothing compared to the 100,000 pieces of bubble gum that were reportedly chewed by the Grease castover the course of that summer on set!

For the SAFETY of the audience and SH Cinema team....

  • Please print a copy of your movie registration receipt and have it ready to show the Cinema team member at the Park.  

  • No one will be admitted without a copy of his/her movie registration. 

  • The number of passengers per car should not exceed the number of available seat belts.

  • Drivers must follow parking directions of parking lot attendants and local authorities.

  • No one will be allowed outside their vehicles unless they need to use the portable facilities. A mask is required when exiting your vehicle to use the facilities.

  • Appropriate social distancing must be kept in force. 

  • The park opens for vehicles at 8:30 pm.  The film starts at approx. 9pm, and runs 2 hours.

  • There will be no concessions for the event... feel free to bring your own popcorn and beverage.

Looking forward to seeing you!!!

Register Here:

90 Main Street

Sag Harbor NY, 11963


631 725 0010

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts

Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit


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