Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10002

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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…)