Landmark Sunshine Cinema

The Iconic Sunshine Cinema Building is No More

Posted July 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

The sun finally set on the Sunshine. Next up, boutique office space to further dull any edge still in the neighborhood. The iconic Lower East Side theater at 141 East Houston is now pulverized, having spent the better part of the last few months under drills. Daylight is now visible where the decorative marquee previously […]

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‘Sunshine Cinema’ Gets its Demolition Death Shroud

Posted May 20, 2019 at 5:02 am

Hope you got your final photos for posterity, as the facade of the Sunshine Cinema is forever lost. Demolition death shroud – consisting of scaffolding and netting – is now firmly in place, effectively obstructing progress of the takedown within. Owner-developers East End Capital and K Property Group, who together purchased the Lower East Side […]

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Sunshine Cinema Signage Carted Away

Posted April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

Sunshine, sunset, swiftly goes the demolition. Indeed, no sooner did the sidewalk bridge appear at 141 East Houston Street than workers deposed the Sunshine Cinema neon lettering. We’re told that a van carted the signage away yesterday. Co-owner-developer East End Capital did not return our request about the fate of the letters. Meanwhile, the demolition […]

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Demolition of Sunshine Cinema is Underway

Posted April 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

We were warned this would happen. A year ago, in fact. In that time, vomit-inducing renderings teased the future of the once-beloved Sunshine Cinema. That of a commercial tower. And now the inevitable is upon us. Scaffolding was erected in front of the movie house last week, signaling the beginning of demolition activity. Permits to […]

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Sunshine Cinema Developers Secure $67M Loan, Demolition Imminent

Posted April 3, 2019 at 5:09 am

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema closed forever just over a year ago. Since then, the historic building has pretty much been left for dead. A popular choice as public toilet and graffiti target alike. Plans for its redevelopment into a 65,000 square-foot boutique office building seemed to stall almost immediately. Demolition had been pegged for spring […]

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‘Sunshine Cinema’ Office Building Replacement Begins Marketing Push with New Renderings

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:06 am

The reincarnation of the former Sunshine Cinema takes a new leap forward this week. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased the Lower East Side theater last year for $31.5 million and are redeveloping the property into a 65,000 square-foot commercial tower. For the moment, it’s still standing, yet remains a magnet for feces and […]

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With Redevelopment Looming, the Sunshine Cinema Becomes a Public Toilet

Posted October 4, 2018 at 5:00 am

As we await demolition, the Sunshine Cinema is devolving at quite a clip. It’s now a literal shit-house. Indeed, the former arty theater has become the local bathroom of choice for many drunks and vagrants, some of whom congregate in nearby Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The movie poster frames on the facade closest to Forsyth […]

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Permits Filed for 9-Story Sunshine Cinema Replacement

Posted April 2, 2018 at 5:05 am

The Sunshine Cinema is headlong into its next life as a bougie boutique office building. Developers filed the permit application materials to the Department of Buildings on Friday for the new nine-story construction. The $9.5 million job will result in a 65,000 square-foot glass tumor at the rebranded 141 East Houston Street. Demolition of the […]

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How the New Owners Really Feel About the Demolition of Sunshine Cinema

Posted March 23, 2018 at 5:08 am

The wrecking ball is coming for the Sunshine Cinema – which closed down at the end of January – and the new ownership couldn’t care less about it. In a Q&A with the Commercial Observer this week, Gregory Kraut, a managing partner at K Property Group, exhuded a rather flippant attitude toward the 1898-era building. Kraut’s […]

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Street Artist Faust on His Sunshine Cinema ‘Sunset’ Mural [GUEST POST]

Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:03 am

Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema closed at the end of January after a sixteen-year run. In its place will rise a nine-story commercial office building more befitting midtown environs, as reported. Nevertheless, prolific street artist Faust dropped by two weeks ago with a sanctioned send-off on the roll-down gate (not commissioned). Sunshine, sunset. The artist penned the following […]

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