Sag Harbor Cinema Breaks Ground

We were thrilled to be in attendance to celebrate breaking ground on the revival of the Sag Harbor Cinema!

On Saturday, June 16, residents, community-members, and local dignitaries were on hard to celebrate the groundbreaking more than a year after an early morning fire devastated the iconic structure. For over 100 years, there had been a movie theater on Main Street in Sag Harbor. The fire destroyed all but the back theater portion of the Cinema. Restoring the Cinema will preserve the showing of independent, foreign and documentary films on the East End of Long Island.

The restoration provides the opportunity to completely update and re-configure the building. The existing 468-seat theater will be transformed into two theaters, with 250 and 150 seats. The entry will be re-built and feature a new café. Other amenities include a screening room, viewing room, a flexible gathering space and roof top patio. New state-of-the-art equipment, a new sound system and projection ratios and equipment will be installed to allow film to be shown at 35mm and 16mm in addition to digital, which is most commonly used today.

Allen Kopelson, NK Founding Principal and a long-time resident of Sag Harbor, reflected on the project saying: "We are reviving the spirit of the old cinema and making it into a state of the art cinematheque. There is a tremendous passion from everyone involved with the project."

Read more about the groundbreaking ceremony here: