The holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of the films to be screened later this month as the winter Saturday film series kicks off in Greenport.

North Fork residents have hoped for years that the movie theater in Greenport would stay open during the winter months. Thanks to a new effort by the Greenport-based, non-profit Manhattan Film Institute, this year their wishes will come true.

The MFI Saturday Film Series, conceived by MFI founders Tony Spiridakis and Lisa Gillooly, will kick off the winter session from Dec. 28 through 30 with special holiday-themed films. Children and family-friendly movies will be shown each day at 3 p.m. with adult fare shown at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 28 “Elf” will be shown at 3 pm. and “Love Actually” at 7 p.m.; on Dec. 29, “Home Alone” will be shown at 3 and “Trading Places” at 7 p.m.; on Dec. 30 the family-friendly films will be “Miracle on 34th Street” at 3 and “It’s a Wonderful Life” will light the screen at 7 p.m.

Admission is free for all patrons at all showings, although donations will be appreciated.

“A lot of effort has gone into making this happen,” explained Tony Sprirdakis, who first approached theatre owner Josh Sapan about the possibility of running Saturday films earlier this year. MFI has had a relationship with the theater, where — thanks to Sapan — they have screened films from their acclaimed summer program for the last eight years. Spiridakis added that the project could not have happened without the support of local craftsmen, the business community and interested North Fork residents. Many restaurant owners will be offering meal and drink specials to moviegoers.

After the holiday launch, the MFI Saturday Film Series will host three program series during 2019. All films will follow the same 3 and 7 p.m. schedule.

From Jan. 19 to Feb. 23, best picture Oscar winners will be on the screen. Between March 2 and April 6, movies with the theme of women in film will be scheduled. The last set of films shown will be between April 13 and May 18. The theme that unites them is that they’ve all been directed by renowned directors.

The schedule of films is still being finalized. Click here to see a the schedule MFI anticipates.




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