Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Sunshine Cinema

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 on May 15, 1917 the 600-seat Sunshine Theatre opened on the site. It was operated by Chas Steiner & Jack Schwartz. 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 closed January 21, 2018.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

Recent comments (view all 97 comments)

NYer on January 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm

“Landmark has confirmed Sunday, January 21, 2018 as the date when the Sunshine art house will screen its final reel, Deadline has learned.”

xbs2034 on January 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Interesting that both the Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza will close the same day.

DavidZornig on January 23, 2018 at 12:16 am

Follow up article.

DavidZornig on January 25, 2018 at 10:04 pm

More pics of the Sunshine and nine other endangered NY buildings.

moviebuff82 on April 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Now an eyesore…

moviebuff82 on September 6, 2018 at 6:57 am

Is it gonna be demolished?

DavidWallick on April 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Unfortunately, it appears that demolition is now underway.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2019 at 9:03 pm

I just had to gank and add that “Sunshine Sunset” graffiti shot from that article to the gallery.

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