143 East Houston

The Neon Lights of Sunshine Cinema Have Gone Dark

Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

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 […]

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When Salt-n-Pepa Filmed a Music Video Inside a Derelict Sunshine Cinema [VIDEO]

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

Back in 1994, seven years before the Sunshine Cinema debuted for a second time, 143 East Houston Street was just another derelict Lower East Side building. Photogenic fodder for two local girls who reached stardom. Long after its stint as the Houston Hippodrome (Yiddish Theater) and, later, the “Sunshine Cinema” nickelodeon, the building itself fell on […]

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

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

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 […]

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Saying Goodbye to the Sunshine Cinema Before its Imminent Demolition

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s gone. Nor light from that fabulous marquee. Landmark Theaters’ Sunshine Cinema ended its Lower East Side tenure Sunday night after nearly two decades on East Houston Street. We paid a visit on the penultimate night, and it was mobbed with moviegoers getting their last licks before another neighborhood favorite meets the wrecking […]

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This is the 9-Story Glass Office Tower Replacing the Sunshine Cinema

Posted January 22, 2018 at 4:21 am

With the Sunshine Cinema now dark – the theater closed for good last night – we have the first look at the monstrosity to replace it. A nine-story glass tower that boasts 65,000 square-feet of commercial office space and ground-floor retail. The New York Times has the scoop on the first rendering of the project, […]

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The Sunshine Cinema will Close for Good on January 21

Posted January 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

The official closing date has been set for the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street. A spokesperson for Landmark Theaters, the chain that owns the movie house, confirmed that the last day is just under two weeks from now. The date is January 21. Recognition of the closing date arrives exactly two months after the […]

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

Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

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 […]

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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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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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