“Grease lightning, go grease lightning.” As classic Americana makes a comeback across the nation with drive-in movies, The Sag Harbor Cinema presents Randal Kleiser’s 1978 classic “Grease” at Havens Beach on Sunday, June 21. The free event is organized in collaboration with the Village of Sag Harbor and sponsored by the Sag Harbor Partnership.
With social distancing guidelines in place, the cinema presents the opportunity to enjoy the big screen experience from the comfort and safety of your own hot rod. In the film, John Travolta is seen crooning for Olivia Newton-John at a drive-in during one the film’s iconic musical numbers.
“Who could have ever imagined that the road to the re-building and the re-opening of the Sag Harbor Cinema would have included a drive-in phase?” said SHC Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan. “Growing up in Italy I dreamed of drive-ins across the ocean, while spending a good portion of my summers as a teenager in our (car-less) version of the outdoor cinema, the ‘cinema giardino.’ I am thrilled to be able to offer this classic form of moviegoing to our audience. As a film, ‘Grease’ kind of incapsulates the spirit of the drive-in experience.”
Drive-in cinemas became established as a definitive part of American culture between the 1940s and ’60s. The concept is also not new to the Hamptons. Bridgehampton’s drive-in served residents and tourists for decades until it closed in the 1980s, due to the growing popularity of multiplexes.
This screening is free, but attendees must register at www.sagharborcinema.org. Cars may arrive at 8:30 PM and the film starts at 9.