Annette Hinkle Shares Sag Harbor Cinema History as Anniversary of Fire Approaches

Book from East End Press reflects Sag Harbor’s Cinema’s history in film

A homage to a century of movies on Main Street—SAG HARBOR: 100 YEARS OF FILM IN THE VILLAGE traces its history from the silents to the Sag Harbor Cinema’s nearly four decade tenure as the last independent, single-screen theater on the East End.

Every town needs its local cinema. It’s the meeting place for romance, nostalgia, and contemporary life.


One of the things I treasure about Sag Harbor is its thriving arts community .The Cinema has been, both literally and metaphorically, at the center of that creative identity. I fervently hope that it remains so.


As the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed the historic Sag Harbor Cinema approaches it is remembered in SAG HARBOR: 100 YEARS OF FILM IN THE VILLAGE which shares more than the story of one local movie theater. For film buffs and historians it is an integral part of movie history. When the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema burned down on December 16, 2016, tributes from local residents, frequent visitors, and movie-lovers in general poured in. All were agreed: the Cinema must rise again.

Though a tragic event for the community, there are positive things that have risen from the rubble of that fire including the publication of this book. It has unearthed a rich history of film and performance art in Sag Harbor and the other is potential rebuilding of a new Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center.

If the fire had never happened we would never have known that:

  • There were as many as 3 venues that showed films in Sag Harbor in the early 1900’s. In fact, there has been a movie theater at the location of the Sag Harbor Cinema for over 100 years.
  • That in 1932 Clark Gable and Carol Lombard filmed a movie on location in Sag Harbor called NO MAN OF HER OWN. They stayed in town at the Bayview hotel and a few years later they married in real life. It is said that they fell in love while working on the film in Sag Harbor.
  • Sag Harbor was home to the “the Moylan Sisters,’ who at the ages of 5 and 7 had a weekly radio show. They were so popular that at the height of success, their radio show was second only to THE SHADOW in popularity.
  • The famous…

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