“Here Comes The Cinema!”

"Cinema Paradiso" by Giuseppe Tornatore (1988).

In the weeks leading up to its reopening, Sag Harbor Cinema (SHC) is presenting “Here Comes the Cinema!” a feast of films celebrating movie houses of all kinds and a tribute to the magic of cinema as a shared experience.

From Southern Italy to Taipei, to the Klondike of the Alaskan Gold Rush, from Key West during the Cuban missile crisis, to occupied Paris, from Texas to New Jersey, the new program will travel through film history to celebrate the power of film.

The programming begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 16, which is the third anniversary of the fire at the Sag Harbor Cinema, with a screening of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” at Bay Street Theater followed by a conversation with screenwriter and SHC board member Bill Collage, moderated by Founding Artistic Director D’Agnolo Vallan.

Set in a small village in Sicily just after World War II, the film follows the friendship of a young boy and the town projectionist. In the dark of a cramped movie theater, the boy, who later in life becomes a prominent Cinecittà movie director, is exposed week after week to the wonders of film by his mentor. “Cinema Paradiso” won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a Special Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

Bill Collage has been a feature film screenwriter for over 25 years and has worked with directors Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Zhang Yimou, Ron Howard, Darren Aronofsky, Cary Fukunaga and Anton Corbijn, among many others. His upcoming projects include “Be Free Or Die,” directed by Charles Burnett; “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story,” produced by Angelina Jolie; and “Emancipation,” starring Will Smith, directed by Antoine Fuqua.

“Whether it’s a scene or an entire film, cinemas and the movie going experience have been at the heart of so many movies … It seemed a natural theme for this last pre-opening series; and also a good way to acknowledge the extraordinary collective effort that made possible the rebuild of the Sag Harbor Cinema,” says Vallan.

Admission to the screening is free, but seats must be reserved at sagharborcinema.org. To make a reservation by phone, call Bay Street’s box office 631-725-9500, or visit Tuesday through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Here Comes The Cinema!”
Following is a full list of films included in the series and the special guests in conversation after each screening:

Monday, December 16, 7 p.m.

Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)
with Bill Collage

Bay Street Theater


Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m.

“The Purple Rose of Cairo,” by Woody Allen (1985)

with Eric Fischl

Pierson High School Auditorium

Sunday December 29, 2 p.m.

“Goodbye Dragon Inn,” by Tsai Ming-liang (2003)

with Giuliana Bruno

Ross School, Senior Lecture Hall

Saturday, January 4, 6 p.m.

“Sullivan’s Travels,” by Preston Sturges (1941)

with Laurie Anderson

Pierson High School Auditorium

Sunday, January 12, 2 p.m.

“Targets,” by Peter Bogdanovich (1968)

with Renée Shafransky

Pierson High School Auditorium

Sunday January 19, 2 p.m.

“Inglorious Basterds,” by Quentin Tarantino (2009)

Guest TBA

Pierson High School Auditorium

Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m.

“The Cameraman” by Edward Sedgwick and Buster Keaton (1928)

with Mary Harron

Bay Street Theater

Sunday February 9, 2 p.m. 

“The Last Picture Show,” by Peter Bogdanovich (1971)

with Ed Burns

Bay Street Theater


Sunday February 16, 2 p.m.

“Dawson City: Frozen Time,” by Bill Morrison (2017)

With Bill Morrison

Bay Street Theater


Sunday February 23, 2 p.m.

“Matinée,” by Joe Dante (1993)

with Dave Kehr

Pierson High School Auditorium