Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Sunshine Cinema

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The entertainment beginnings on this Lower East Side site began in 1909 when the Houston Hippodrome opened as a venue for Yiddish vaudeville acts and films.

It was demolished around 1916 and in 1917 the 600-seat Sunshine Theatre opened on the site. In the late-1930’s it was renamed Chopin Theatre. The theatre closed in 1945 and had been used as a storage warehouse into the mid-1990’s.

Following a three-year, $12 million renovation project, the Sunshine Cinema is back and set to due battle with the famed Angelika and Film Forum theatres which, up until recent years had been the favorite destinations of the art house set.

The Sunshine Cinema certainly fills a need in the area as there are few movie theatres in or around the Lower East Side. The facade has been restored and 3 of the 5 auditoriums contain stadium seating, while all have plush seats and the latest sound and projection equipment.

The theatre is the first for Landmark Theatres in the much coveted New York indie market. The building was sold in May 2017 and Landmark decided not to renew their lease. The popular Sunshine Theatre is due to close in January 2018.

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Recent comments (view all 74 comments)

moviebuff82 on May 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Oh boy….they were known for showing midnight runs of popular movies during the weekends according to the ads in New York Times. Which leaves other theaters still running.

moviebuff82 on May 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Is it still for sale? Maybe someone can buy it like AMC and renovate it with recliners and reserved seating.

moviebuff82 on September 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

Perhaps reserved seating is a good idea. Look at the Alamo Drafthouse chain. Maybe they can buy the Sunshine.

bigjoe59 on December 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm


is this theater really in any eminent danger of closing any time soon? people had been talking about the eminent closing of the Ziegfeld yearsssssssssssss before it actually happened.

moviebuff82 on April 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Not really. It still does well for indie films and is known for showing midnight showings of cult movies.

moviebuff82 on April 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

How did the theater get its name?

theatrefan on May 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Yes folks, the Sunshine Cinema is a goner unfortunately, it’s slated to close in January 2018 –

Willburg145 on May 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

According to the gothamist, the Sunshine is closing.

moviebuff82 on May 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm

it’s still among the top listed theaters on the home page of CT.

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