Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Miracle, Cinema Update

December 16, 2016
photo Randee Daddona, NY Times via
Just three days before the one year of anniversary of the fire that devastated Main Street and weeks before the December 31st closing deadline, the Sag Harbor Partnership was granted $1.4 million from New York State towards the purchase of the Sag Harbor Cinema property for the purpose of creating a non-profit Cinema Arts Center. This grant bridges the gap that will turn the dream into reality. 
December 16, 2017

April Gornik, artist, activist and VP of the Sag Harbor Partnership composes the regular Sag Harbor Partnership emails. (sign up here). Please allow me to quote from the anniversary email:

TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRE.
WE SALUTE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WITHOUT THEIR COURAGE WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY, AND THEY ARE AS BRAVE AS ANYBODY IN THE MOVIES!
Photos: Michael Heller, Sag Harbor Express
 ON A DAY COLDER THAN TODAY, exactly one year ago, the dreadful fire occurred that destroyed so much of Main Street, right in the center of the village. Firefighters from all over Long Island kept up the fight with icicles hanging from their helmets. People from Sag Harbor, restaurants, shops, etc, offered coffee and food and shelter as first responders battled in the early morning hours and kept on until the fire was contained, much later that day.

By mid-afternoon, when it was determined that the facade of the Cinema was leaning dangerously toward the street and must come down, Mayor Sandra Schroeder, the Village Board or Trustees, and building inspector Tom Preiato, after a day of gruesome stress and work, kindly listened to people begging to save the sign, finally allowing it. At about 8pm, a bulldozer operator toppled the facade as gently as he could and removed the sign to the street, mangled but intact.

There, Chris Denon of Twin Forks Moving and Storage removed it to his truck and has safely stored it ever since. Unbeknownst to us, friends of his quietly worked on restoring the sign, and it wasn't until we went into contract for the Cinema that we found out that John Battle and Clayton Orehek were restoring it to its previous condition out of the goodness of their own hearts, for free, which repair had been estimated at $30,000.

Elliott Meisel volunteered, through his friend Cinema board member Gregg Winter, to help us with our contract for the Cinema. Board member Ron Kaplan assisted with its writing.

Eric Fischl gave $1M so we could sign the contract.

Elizabeth Dow called shortly after the contract was signed and offered high-grade fabric to restore every seat in the theater.

These are just a few of the people who have stepped up during and since the fire to make the Cinema come alive again.

We throw the word "community" around a lot. But here's what it looks like: It looks like people from all over our village who care, and step up, and come together in times of crisis. 

We salute all of you, and we thank you for your help."
Press


2 comments:

  1. This is such good news. It hurts me to see a cinema destroyed and the fire sounds tragic and so sad for your community. Indeed, a Christmas miracle!

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