Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Sunshine Cinema

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The entertainment beginnings of this building came in 1909 when it opened as the Houston Hippodrome, a venue for Yiddish vaudeville acts and films.

In 1917, the theatre’s ownership changed and the 600-seat venue was renamed the Sunshine Theatre. 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-1990s.

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.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

Recent comments (view all 60 comments)

owenspierre81
owenspierre81 on August 9, 2008 at 3:14 am

The historical drama THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI was shown here at this theater on May 23, 2008.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm

This was showing Slavic films in 1937-1938 as the Chopin.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

This theatre had the New York premiere of Paranormal Activity (before the film before popular).

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

i find the photo posted by jflundy on 1/5/08 most interesting. first off it was neat to see the theater with a big ornate old fashion marquee. but what i find most fascinating is that date given for the. photo 6/23/29. unless NYC widened Houston St. subsequent to the photo being taken the street in front of the theater is wayyyyyyyyyyyy to narrow to be Houston Street. is it at all possible that the photo is not of the Sunshine Cinema that exists today?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Tree of Life is playing at this theater before it goes nationwide soon. It’s been selling well. Is Landmark showing it in digital projection or regular 35mm film?

mp775
mp775 on June 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

bigjoe – Houston Street was widened in the 1930s when the subway was built beneath it.

mp775
mp775 on May 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Sunshine in the 1980s from the NYC Department of Records.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

How does the sunshine compare with other indie houses in NYC?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Landmark is seeing to provide food and liquor service at this theater, according to this article.

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