Now open: Sayville Cinemas celebrates the return of its big screens


On a chilly night, Sayville Cinemas received a warm welcome back to the community.

After a 20 months without a film screening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the beloved independently owned movie theater celebrated its reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday evening.

The movie theater kicked off its reemergence with a Friday 1 p.m. screening of the new film, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

Dozens of community members braved the chilly weather later to be a part of the ceremony, including Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce president Eileen Tzynar, New York State Assemblyman Jarett Gandolfo and Suffolk County Legislator Anthony Piccirillo.

“This is what we’ve been waiting for,” Tzynar exclaimed. “Sayville and Railroad Avenue feels complete … we got it back in tip-top shape.”

Sayville Cinemas first opened at 107 Railroad Avenue in 1951 and was taken over by the current owner Matt Latten in November 2006. In recent years, moviegoers came to love the theater for its $5 ticket prices, hometown charm and delicious popcorn. 

“Sayville wasn’t the same without this theater,” said Gandolfo, while presenting a certificate.

Scroll down for a some photos of the now open Sayville Cinemas. And check out the full story below.

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Top: The ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of Sayville Cinemas. Photo by Ana Borruto.