Sunshine Lounge to Marry Booze and Movies on the Lower East Side

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 am by

Looks like the proverbial dinner and a movie is taking on a whole new meaning at the three-story Sunshine Cinema on East Houston. The Sunshine Lounge, as it’s called, aims to bring booze, movies, and culinary edibles under one roof. To that end, company brass is billing this as a restaurant and seeking full on-premise liquor privileges later this month. It truly is an arms race for licenses in these parts…

Poring over documents recently delivered to Community Board 3, this is quite an ambitious application. First and foremost is the proposal for bars on the cellar level up to the second floor, for a total of three watering stations. Each will serve both food and beverage. Cafe nooks will be carved on each level of the multiplex, and carry thirty tables of seating for eighty-two peeps.

What may worry moviegoers, however, is the apparent placement of airplane-style “dining tablets” at all auditorium seats in these re-branded “dinner theaters.” Sounds like that could be a recipe for rowdiness, noise, and frequent bathroom visits during screenings. Especially when liquor is a factor. It’s bad enough with just cell phones blowing up all the time. Seriously, remember the “douchegirl”?

Landmark Theatres will appear before CB3 on October 15 to secure blessings.  How do you feel about having such amenities in a movie theater? Do you think it would disrupt your viewing experience?

Recent Stories

The Neon Lights of Sunshine Cinema Have Gone Dark

The Sunshine Cinema on East Houston is one step closer to its grave. While the brickwork of the building remains bathed in orange glow, the marquee lettering was not as lucky. As of this week, its token neon signage has gone dark. Shadows are now cast on the sidewalk below. Demolition is nigh. This latest action […]

Angelo’s of Mulberry Promises to Return ‘Stronger Than Ever’ After Devastating Fire

As Little Italy awoke last Saturday morning, a two-alarm fire erased a century-old restaurant and injured thirteen people. The blaze started shortly before 8am and quickly engulfed Angelo’s of Mulberry on the ground level and the floors above. It took dozens of firefighters two hours (and a fleet of 25 trucks) before the flames were […]

Dangerous Carbon Monoxide Levels Force Evacuation of LES Buildings

Several building in Hell Square, including the Hotel on Rivington, were evacuated yesterday after manhole fires sparked dangerous levels of carbon monoxide around the block. The subterranean fires happened at around 11am yesterday morning, prompting an evacuation of the hotel and the three adjacent buildings an hour later. It’s believed that the melting of last […]

Henry Street Settlement Begins Rehabilitation Work on its Firehouse Facility

The Henry Street Settlement is moving forward with its plans to revamp a retired Lower East Side firehouse. Even though the ceremonial groundbreak transpired back in November, only now is the real job beginning. The Department of Buildings issued permits last week to redevelop the local icon (269 Henry Street) into a new community facility […]

‘Ariel’s Bistro’ at Clinton and Houston Calls it Quits

Ariel’s Latin Bistro, which arrived on the Lower East Side nightlife scene in June 2014, is down for the count. The bar-restaurant closed last week with little notice to the neighborhood. And while the decorative lights still gleam within, leasing signs in the windows cancel it out. That Ariel’s shuttered isn’t out of the blue. […]