/gallery/ads/2261.jpg?u=1566186708

Log In   ·   Become A Member

Iconic Sag Harbor Sign To Be Re-Illuminated Over Holiday Weekend

Nicole Barylski

The sign will be illuminated for the first time in more than two years over the holiday weekend. (Photo: Lisa Tamburini/www.hamptonsphotog.com)

Memorial Day weekend will bring a moment that the Sag Harbor Cinema and East End community has been waiting for for quite some time. After more than two years, on Saturday, May 25, at 8 p.m., the iconic Sag Harbor sign will once again illuminate Sag Harbor Cinema.

"Initially we were thinking we could wait until the Cinema opened to light the sign, but Memorial Day weekend felt like the perfect opportunity to celebrate not only the start of summer, but how far we have come on this journey," Cinema Chair April Gornik reflected.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, County, Town, and Village officials will gather at the Cinema for a ceremony during which the sign will be reignited.

"The building façade will soon be finished, thanks to our great crew from ConRac Construction," Gornik shared. "Thanks for the sign repair is due to our wonderful volunteer heroes: Twin Forks owner Chris Denon, metalworker John Battle, and neon artist Clayton Orehek, who have gone the distance to repair the sign for all of us for free." After the 2016 fire, Chris Denon of Twin Forks Moving and Storage kindly took in the iconic Cinema emblem and ensured it was kept safe until it was needed again. And, unbeknownst to the Cinema, artisans John Battle and Franklin Paucar, of Battle Iron and Bronze, and neon sculptor Clayton Orehek, who had previously worked on the neon when the sign was replaced, donated their time and skills, working together to bring the sign to its former glory.

"It would be wrong to withhold the sign from all the people in this community who have been so generous in getting us this far!" Gornik said.

The Cinema hopes to re-open within the next six months, however an estimated $3 to 4 million is still needed for renovations for the Cinema to be fully functional. This funding will be allocated towards the new third floor, seats for all three theaters, film and sound equipment, the restoration of historic fixtures, café and concession equipment and supplies, computer equipment and salaries.

"We hope this re-inspires visitors and residents to help open the Sag Harbor Cinema Art Center this fall, free and clear of debt, fulfilling our promise to the community to bring the Cinema back," Gornik shared.

In celebration of the sign's return, many Main Street stores are expected to stay open late on the 25th. Cinema Board Treasurer Susan Mead added, "Part of saving the Sag Harbor Cinema has always been to help keep Main Street intact, so we're looking forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with Main Street merchants."

As for summer programming, the Sag Harbor Cinema Art Center (SHCAC) has enlisted Animal House and An American Werewolf in London director John Landis to be its first guest curator for its new series, Really Funny.

"Comedy is the most unforgiving of genres. You either laugh or you don't. Highbrow, lowbrow, witty words or just slapstick, if it makes you laugh then it's successful. These are of some of the many motion pictures that make me laugh. And laughter is the best way to deal with so much of life," Landis explained about his selection.

From June 9 to September 22, SHCAC will screen ten Landis picks at Pierson High School Auditorium (200 Jermain Avenue, Sag Harbor) that explore a wide variety of film history, offering both lesser known gems and blockbuster hits.

"I had the pleasure to collaborate closely with John on a book I wrote about his work, and by curating retrospectives of his films in Europe. Besides being one of the great American directors of his generation, he is a true film historian," Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, head of programs at SHC, shared. "His passion for, and knowledge of film are contagious. Some of John's comedies, such as Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places and Coming to America are beloved classics of the genre. I am thrilled he accepted to put together this series for the Sag Harbor Cinema."

Screenings will include William A. Seiter's Sons of the Desert (1933) on June 9, Norman Z. McLeod's It's a Gift (1934) on June 23, Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937) on June 30, Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday (1940) on July 7, Mel Brooks' The Producers (1967) on July 21, Elaine May's A New Leaf (1971) on August 4, John Landis' Trading Places (1983) on August 18, Michael Hoffman's Soapdish (1991) on September 8, Larry Charles' Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) on September 15, and Paul Feig's Bridesmaids (2011) on September 22.

The Really Funny screenings will start at 6 p.m. and admission is $10.

For more information, visit www.sagharborcinema.org.


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
/gallery/ads/2131.gif?u=1566186708
/gallery/ads/2257.gif?u=1566186708
/gallery/ads/1539.jpg?u=1566186708
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

BNB Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873
Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873. At every level of Brown Harris Stevens, you will find highly experienced, knowledgeable experts, single-mindedly devoted to your interests and your satisfaction. With offices in the Hamptons, New York City, Palm Beach, and Miami our brokers are exceptional - leading the field with the quality of their work ethic, their outstanding success rate and the sheer quantity of their transactions.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.