Sag Harbor Cinema Project To Go Before ZBA


On February 20, the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to hear variance requests from the Sag Harbor Partnership to rebuild and expand the former Sag Harbor Cinema, which was partially destroyed in the December 2016 Main Street fire.

In addition to needing variances from the board for setbacks, the project also needs a variance to increase its floor areas from 2,961 square-feet to 10,829 square-feet.

The Sag Harbor Partnership recently closed on the cinema property, purchasing it for $8 million from longtime owner Gerald Mallow, who ran the cinema as the South Fork’s art house, single-screen movie theater for decades. The Partnership, a non-profit, raised the funds through donations and a $1.4 million grant from the State of New York over an eight-month period. It is estimated it will cost another $5 million to transform the property into the proposed Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, which would be wholly dedicated to film, with a main, single screen theater, and two additional screening rooms planned for education, retrospectives and private rentals.

Highlighting its mission, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, a non-profit that will run the cinema if it is built, will continue its American Values Film Series on Sunday, February 11 at 2 p.m. at the Toss School Senior Lecture Hall in Wainscott with a screening of “Chicago.”

Adapted from the 1975 Broadway production, “Chicago” is a crime-comedy musical set during the Jazz Age — its story of celebrity, scandal and corruption was inspired by the screaming headlines of the era. Vaudevillian Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and housewife Roxie Hart (Renée Zellwegger) meet in jail, where they are both waiting to be tried for murder. Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, the film won six Academy Awards. Mr. Marshall, a stage veteran making his big screen debut with this script by Bill Condon, stages the songs more or less within Roxie’s imagination, where everything is a little more supercharged than life, and even lawyers can tap-dance. “Chicago” was the first musical to win a Best Picture Academy Award since “Oliver!” in 1968.

Mr. Marshall will join producer John DeLuca for a post film discussion following the screening. For more information, visit