Gangbusters for Cinema

Plans for the Sag Harbor Cinema Center have been approved, but a building permit is yet to come. Durell Godfrey

The Sag Harbor Partnership is inching ever closer to applying for a building permit to construct the Sag Harbor Cinema Center, a cultural institution intended for the site of the Sag Harbor movie theater, which was destroyed by fire.

“We’re almost ready to file,” said April Gornik, the vice president of the group. “And with enough funding, we’ll be able to begin building soon.” Plans already have been approved by the village’s planning, zoning, and architectural review boards, although the partnership has yet to submit detailed construction drawings to the village’s Building Department, which is to make sure they are in accord with the conceptual drawings the village boards signed off on.

In the meantime, the group has been going gangbusters to raise money for the work, with $3 million by July 1 the fund-raising goal.

A cocktail party was held in April, and, despite bad weather, a yard sale benefit took place last weekend at Christ Episcopal Church.

“The yard sale was a success,” Susan Mead, the partnership’s treasurer, said. “And we also have a fund-raiser scheduled for June 18.”

That will be a food truck party at Estia’s Little Kitchen, featuring vendors such as Around the Fire Pizza, Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream, and the Plaza Cafe, as well as live music. The cinema will receive 25 percent of vendor sales. Entry will be $10 for adults, $5 for children. Ms. Mead said a few private benefit parties are in the works, although details were unconfirmed. Solidly on the schedule, however, is a reprise of the fund-raising extravaganza the partnership held last year.

The Big Tent: Party for the Cinema, on July 8 on Long Wharf, will feature an art auction and wine and food from local sources. The partnership expects to have tickets on sale soon.