Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Garth on October 29, 2005 at 12:14 pm

i recently saw the film “2046” here , the theatre was huge compared to cinema village and the quad. however i was also stunned by the paper receipt, as were other posters….

hardbop on October 3, 2005 at 5:36 am

Kind of weird bookings at the Sunshine this week with three films opening Friday exclusively at the Landmark and all look dead in the water.

The strange opening was CARLITO’S WAY: RISE TO POWER, which wasn’t even screened for the press. It is also not an art film. I assume it has something to do with the digital projection and the fact that the film opened simultanseously with the DVD release. This film is an odd booking for an art house. It is the type of B movie that would have been booked on the old 42nd Street.

Also opening exclusively there was MIRRORMASK and THE WAR WITHIN.

I don’t plan to see any of them.

RobertR on July 7, 2005 at 5:33 am

The Sunshine is running “Psycho” Fri and Sat at midnight this weekend.

John Fink
John Fink on June 13, 2005 at 6:59 pm

I agree, I just came back from the Sunshine, its so weird to have these paper receipts, but I’ve seen other theatres do it (Cinema Village did, as well as Touchstar Southcase in Orlando, FL). I don’t like it, they’re harder to lose and at 10.75, what excuse do they have to be this cheap.

Granted, maybe trying a new technology is bold, but some how I see how Celluoid Freak is offeneded. Barcoding is one thing. A cheap supermarket-like receipt is in some ways unprofessional in the cinema industry. Besdies, I just like having a hard ticket in hand neatly organized. This aproach is wacky.

Maybe I’m just not ready for it. But I’m glad somebody else out there agrees with me.

celluloid on May 28, 2005 at 10:56 am

They Are Not Tickets! They are Supermearket Receipts!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 26, 2005 at 11:51 am

Why are bar-coded tickets “stupid” ?

br91975 on May 26, 2005 at 11:42 am

I suspect the idea of providing receipts as opposed to more traditional tickets is related to Landmark FINALLY getting its in-theatre self-service ticket kiosk system in some semblance of working order.

celluloid on May 26, 2005 at 11:12 am

As of this past Tuesday the Sunshine stopped sells tickets but instead when you pay the addmission you recieve what looks like a supermarket receipt that gets zapped by a bar code reader carrying usher inside the theatre. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

hardbop on May 2, 2005 at 7:21 am

I walked run under the IFC/Waverly’s marquee yesterday and they are getting close to opening. They removed all the scaffolding and you can see the new front of the theatre. It is pretty impressive. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the IFC folks will do a great job, but given that Cablevision owns IFC they’ll find a way to alienate everyone somehow or some way.

celluloid on April 22, 2005 at 12:41 pm

Well, IFC is renovating the Waverly into a three-screener.

hardbop on April 20, 2005 at 12:42 pm

I never knew there was a theatre on this site, though I never spent much time on this stretch of Houston. Agree a great addition to the NYC movie going experience, but it is competing more with the Angelika than the Film Forum, which is a non-profit chartered to present films that otherwise wouldn’t get screened (though I don’t know who closely they follow that mandate).

I am also surprised to learn that it took three years to get this cinema open; it was worth the time because they did a nice job.

One other tidbit, not related to the Landmark/Sunshine, is that The Sundance people were long rumored to be building an art theatre “downtown” and one was supposed to open in Soho, but never did and plans are now defunct. There were also plans for a new art house in that new building that is going up on Astor Plaza, next to the Public Theatre, but I don’t know if they still plan a theatre in that complex.

celluloid on April 10, 2005 at 11:19 pm

Compared to the other art movie houses in Manhattan (Angelika, Film Forum, Cinema Village) the film presentation at the Sunshine is by far the most superior. Actually, I’d say it’s on par with the mainstream theatres like Loews or Regal. Also, like many mainstream theatres if you didn’t like the movie you paid to see, it’s very easy to watch something else. Yah, the Sunshine is great!

bamtino on January 18, 2005 at 5:22 pm

One of the theatre’s earlier incarnations, the Houston Hippodrome, was designed by Thomas W. Lamb in 1909 (as a conversion from the Reformed German Evangelical Church, built in 1846).

bamtino on January 6, 2005 at 9:58 pm

A murder suspect, later found guilty, used attendance at this theatre as an alibi on January 5, 2005’s episode of Law & Order. He claimed to have been seeing a “French flick” with his girlfriend on the night the murder occurred.

bamtino on November 27, 2004 at 5:19 pm

Jim, the Sunshine was definitely a Yiddish theatre, as were many other facilities throughout the Lower East Side neighborhood in which the theatre is located. However, the Sunshine was a motion picture theatre going by the name “Sunshine” before Mr. Darin was born. The National at 111-117 East Houston was still operational into the 1950s. I’m not sure when the 11 East Houston Yiddish National was operational.

RobertR: Why have you posted the City Cinemas note on this page? The Sunshine has no relationship at all to City Cinemas. (And you didn’t post such a note on the pages of those Manhattan theatres which that company does operate.)

RobertR on November 27, 2004 at 4:03 pm

BOYCOTT CITY CINEMAS- Read the postings on the page for Cinema 1,2,3. They may be pulling another Sutton scam.

macknife on November 27, 2004 at 3:49 pm

Damien…I stand corrected for now…note that I gleamed
that “inaccurate by your reckoning” info from one of the current Darin bio books, and I have no way to verify either point of info on this issue…from the “Sunshine Cinema” website comes this:

“Opened December 21, 2001. Built in 1898, the Sunshine Cinema building was formerly the Houston Hippodrome motion picture theatre and a Yiddish vaudeville house but for over 50 years it had been shuttered serving as a hardware warehouse."
..maybe Mr.Evanier got the name wrong, this info seems to imply that it was a Yiddish theater (Name?) THEN the Hippodrome movie theater..PS neither I nor Mr. Evanier imply that Darin attended any of these venues…just that they were nearby his residence…Jim P

Jim P

bamtino on November 27, 2004 at 12:12 pm

Jim’s comment regarding Bobby Darin incorrectly identifies this theatre as the Yiddish National. By the time Darin was born in 1936, this facility had already been known as the Sunshine for nearly 20 years.
The Yiddish National was located at 11 East Houston Street. There was another, 1500-seat National, also known as the National Winter Garden, located at 111-117 East Houston. (This was also the site of the 299-seat Rooftop Theatre.) These theatres were used for live performances.

mhvbear on November 26, 2004 at 4:54 pm

‘Beyond the Sea" is scheduled to open at the Angelika Film Center on December 17th.

macknife on November 26, 2004 at 1:45 pm

…Bobby Darin lived at 50 Baruch Place as a child, not far from the Sunshine Cinema ( was then the Yiddish National, a vaudeville theater, according to David Evanier in his current Darin biography…). Anyway, this would be the perfect venue for Kevin Spacey’s Bobby Darin biopic BEYOND THE SEA to premiere…it’s scheduled to open in NYC and LA late December 2004, and I am not aware that an NYC theater has been slected yet..any movers/shakers out there???
Jim Powers

monika on November 25, 2004 at 11:04 pm

This is an amazing theatre. I was lucky enough to see a midnight show of “Taxi Driver” there last winter, the place was packed. The architecture is brilliant. Leave it to Landmark to keep those art houses thriving.

bamtino on November 25, 2004 at 3:06 am

Please note my previous comment.

bamtino on October 7, 2004 at 12:03 pm

Since the site now exhibits “past names,” the names “Houston Hippodrome” and “Sunshine Theatre” should be displayed.
A zip code search (the theatre is located in 10002) does not return this theatre.

br91975 on October 6, 2004 at 8:07 pm

Easily the best art house experience in NYC. (The Angelika has the cool cache, the neat cafe, and a good selection of films, but the subway trains rumbling underneath the shoebox auditoriums, the lack of legroom, the cattle call in the lobby just before showtime… plain and simple, the Sunshine’s time is here…)