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 21, 2018.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

Recent comments (view all 90 comments)

moviebuff82 on July 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

it’s gonna be closer to my side…

Astyanax on September 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm

Remember this site when it was a boarded up warehouse. No idea behind its famed past. The opening of the Sunshine was consistent with the rapid transformation and gentrification of the LES which caused shockwaves across Williamsburg & Bushwick. Will miss its neon frontage.

moviebuff82 on October 25, 2017 at 10:37 am

It was ahead of its time.

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

Only two more months and it’s gone…

moviebuff82 on December 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

By next month it’s going to be history.

bigjoe59 on December 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm


do we really need another upscale boutique for trendy hipsters??????????????

moviebuff82 on December 30, 2017 at 11:23 am

Nah. Rip to sunshine and lincoln plaza cinemas next year…

NYer on January 9, 2018 at 4:45 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 9:34 am

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

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