Landmark Sunshine Cinema

Coming Attractions: Soil Sampling as Sunshine Cinema Redevelopment Looms

Posted August 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

Outside the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, a preview of the future. Namely, the forthcoming redevelopment of the neighborhood movie house into upscale retail and commercial offices. This Davey Drill was spotted taking soil samples yesterday from beneath the sidewalk. Such testing usually signifies the preliminary step before larger construction action begins. East End […]

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Confirmed: Sunshine Cinema will Close Next Year

Posted May 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Confirmation. The Landmark Sunshine Cinema will close next year. As we first disclosed, the $31.5 million contract on the movie house closed yesterday. The New York Post followed up our story with some additional details and renderings. It looks like the structure itself will probably remain intact. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased […]

Rumor: Sunshine Cinema Sale a Done Deal

Posted May 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

We reported back in March that a buyer had a purported $31.5 million contract out on the 1898-era Sunshine Cinema. Now two months later, the rumor mill is again in overdrive mode. Word on the street is that the transaction reportedly closed yesterday. The Lower East Side blog further notes that the property may have been flipped a […]

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Rumor: Sunshine Cinema to Sunset, as $31.5M Contract Nears Closing

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two years after word first circulated that the Sunshine Cinema at 139-143 East Houston was being shopped on the market for $35 million, a buyer is allegedly under contract. The news arrives a few months after the president of Landmark Theaters, which operates the Sunshine, noted that transforming a theater into a high rise is […]

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Here’s a Recap from that Deplorable ‘LES is More’ Developers Summit Yesterday

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Yesterday morning, movers and shakers (nay, demolishers) in the real estate industry met to discuss the future of the Lower East Side vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Like a Pinky & the Brain segment, the summit was seemingly an opportunity to plot the future of how to dominate a neighborhood already suffering attack from all sides. The event, […]

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Big Real Estate Plots Area Domination with ‘LES is More’ Summit at the Sunshine Cinema

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

“L.E.S. is more.” This cringeworthy slogan, a played-out play-on-words, has long been co-opted by the real estate industry in order to sell the Lower East Side. Closer to home, the Lower East Side Partnership, whose singular mission is to increase property values for the area stakeholders, also employs the phrase. Now, big real estate is holding […]

It’s Still Not Looking Good for the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston

Posted December 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

There are rumblings around the potential sale of the Landmark Sunshine Cinema once again. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the historic theater at 139-143 East Houston has been shopped around for well over a year. And now, with the Metrograph Theater capping the other end of the neighborhood, it doesn’t look particularly encouraging for a lease renewal. […]

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Sunshine Cinema Pays Tribute to Gene Wilder; Plus, See ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ on the Big Screen

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

Over at the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, management just installed a small tribute to the genius of Gene Wilder. The backlit marquee now reads, “Rest in Peace Gene Wilder.” On a related note, Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory are headed back to theaters this weekend for a limited run. If […]

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There was Reportedly a Bomb Scare Yesterday at the Sunshine Cinema [Updated]

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm

If you were courageous enough to head into the soupy atmosphere yesterday, you may have noticed the substantial police presence outside the Sunshine Cinema. Counter terrorist cops (“strategic response group”) were crawling, bomb-sniffing dogs on the hunt, leaving East Houston cordoned off. Unconfirmed word on the street is that someone called in a bomb threat […]

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The Sunshine Cinema Dedicates Marquee to Its Fallen Comrade

Posted October 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

The Sunshine Cinema marquee remains in a state of mourning. For the last couple months, a memorial message has taken the place of movie titles playing inside. The lettering reads simply, “Rest in Peace Russell Tovig.” We are told that Russell Tovig was a beloved member of the Landmark Theaters team. Having functioned as longtime maintenance […]

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