Collecting Memories of the Sag Harbor Cinema

The old Sag Harbor Cinema sign. Kathryn G. Menu photo

The Sag Harbor Partnership and the John Jermain Memorial Library have announced dual initiatives to preserve memories and stories connected to the Sag Harbor Cinema, the village’s picturesque Main Street, and the people who help protect it.

The partnership has launched a Virtual Memory Wall, where residents can share their own stories, art and photography, of the brave first responders who battled the December 16 blaze, the merchants affected by the fire, and the Sag Harbor Cinema itself. To submit an addition to the Memory Wall, email To view the wall itself, visit

The John Jermain Memorial Library has also launched its own initiative to preserve these stories through oral recordings of these memories, which will be preserved as a part of the library’s archive. The stories can be about the cinema, emergency service providers, the day of the fire — anything that helps capture the spirit of Main Street, and the aftermath of the fire.

“It will help all of us deal with the sense of loss and keep history alive for generations to come,” said library officials in its monthly newsletter. To schedule your appointment, call (631) 725-0049 ext. 231 or email