It’s Curtains for Sunshine Cinema, as City Approves Full Demolition

Posted on: November 10th, 2017 at 5:09 am by

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston – both the theater and its classic architecture – won’t last the winter. Plans to demolish the theater were filed with the city on Wednesday.

That Davey Drill we spotted back in August was the first sign of demise…

The full demolition proposed lay in stark contrast to the renderings that circulated after the building changed hands earlier this year. Truth. You’ll recall that East End Capital and K Property Group purchased the property from Landmark Theaters this past May for $31.5 million. The blockbuster sale went through two years after the cinema was first marketed. Below was the image.

Photo: East End Capital

These new investors will eventually construct a mixed-use project at 143 East Houston with ground-level retail and upstairs office space. The development site reportedly includes 20,000 square-feet of air rights. Expect another tall one for the East Houston Corridor.

Regarding the plans, Jonathan Yormak of East End Capital previously noted that, “We see the transition from bar and nightlife area to a live/work environment.”

The Sunshine Cinema itself will end operations when the lease expires at the end of January 2018.

Sunshine Cinema drilling, August 2017

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