Nine-Story Sunshine Cinema Replacement Now Under Construction
Ain’t no sunshine when it’s gone.
Except that which shines unencumbered through the vacant lot formerly known as the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. An historic building that dated back to 1898, and once counted itself part of the Yiddish theater scene.
In place of that history, homogeneity.
The construction crew has been busy around the project site since demolition wrapped last month. Plenty of earth moving and digging, as well as pushing the perimeter fence into the street.
Owner-developers East End Capital and K Property Group, who together purchased the Lower East Side theater two years ago for $31.5 million, are behind the bland redevelopment. The nine-story, $90 million construction is to sport eight full-floor commercial units ranging in size from 5,000 to 6,800 square-feet. Each column-free office will have 12-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, concierge services, and private terraces. Other shared amenities include an executive conference room and roof deck. There is also one multi-level retail space with 60 feet of frontage.
Developers are also high on the proposed “Houston Alley” in between the building and Yonah Schimmel. Potentially to be used as cafe seating for any ground level restaurant.
As for the Sunshine Cinema neon lettering, a spokesperson from East End previously told us that the signage is in their possession.