Book Inspired by Cinema Raises Money for Rebuilding Effort

“Sag Harbor: 100 Years of Film in the Village” by Annette Hinkle.
“Sag Harbor: 100 Years of Film in the Village” by Annette Hinkle.

When the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema burned down on December 16, 2016, tributes from local residents, frequent visitors and movie lovers poured in. Billy Joel dedicated his concert the following night at Madison Square Garden to its memory. And East End journalist Annette Hinkle found herself inspired to write her first book: “Sag Harbor: 100 Years of Film in the Village.”

The loving homage traces the cinema’s history from the silent age through its nearly four-decade tenure as the last independent, single-screen theater in the Hamptons — a cultural institution that served as the heart and soul of Sag Harbor for generations.

“It does embrace Americana and everything about Sag Harbor that people really love about the village,” Hinkle said, “and are hoping to recapture.”

A portion of the proceeds from the book — which the author will discuss on Saturday, November 25, at 2 p.m. at the Hampton Library, located at 2478 Main Street in Bridgehampton — will benefit the Sag Harbor Partnership to help rebuild the cinema.

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