New book celebrates 100 years of film in Sag Harbor

When the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema burned down on December 16, 2016, it left a hole on Sag Harbor’s Main Street that has yet to be filled.  

Tributes to the Art Deco theater poured in after the fire and Billy Joel gave a shout-out to the cinema during his Madison Square Garden concert the following night.

“Sag Harbor: 100 Years of Film in the Village,” a new book by journalist Annette Hinkle, the Shelter Island Reporter’s community news editor, has just been released by East End Press and it pays homage not only to the cinema, but also a century of movies in Sag Harbor, from the silents to the cinema’s four decades run as the last independent, single-screen theater on the East End.

On Saturday, July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., a book launch party will be held at Sylvesters & Co. on Main Street in Sag Harbor and Annette Hinkle will be signing copies of “Sag Harbor: 100 Years of Film in the Village.”

On Sunday, July 16, the Sag Harbor Partnership, the non-profit organization that is in the process of raising money to purchase the cinema property and rebuild it as a non-profit cinema arts center, holds a tent party on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor from 5 to 8 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the party. Books will also be sold at bookstores and other locations throughout Sag Harbor and the Hamptons.

The book sells for $35 A portion of the proceeds from each book sold goes to the Sag Harbor Partnership. Tickets to the tent party are $50. Visit for more information.