Developers Celebrate Destruction of Sunshine Cinema with ‘Preview’ Party Next Week

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Sunshine Cinema closed exactly three weeks ago after seventeen years on East Houston Street. The contents of the movie house – seats, appliances, sundries – were quickly expunged and discarded in two curbside dumpsters.

Gung ho about its new nine-story office development, the nascent property owners at East End Capital and K Property Group want you to know that. They’re throwing a party at the soon-to-be-demolished theater next week to “celebrate the Lower East Side and preview our new office development.” That soulless monstrosity is to boast 65,000 square-feet of commercial office space and ground-floor retail.

It’s another instance of dancing on the grave, so to speak.

Seemingly in a bid to soften the backlash against negative optics, the proverbial olive branch extended here is the collection of donations going toward the Essex Street Market Vendor Association.

East End founder Jonathan Yormak previously told the New York Times that, “We’re big fans of the Lower East Side,” and that “It really needs more 9-to-5 activity and it tends to be very active, obviously, on a night life basis. We believe there is a real demand for office space and for people to work there during the day.”

Photo: New York Times

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