As you likely know, the Sunshine Cinema shut down last night ... after the 10:15 screening of "Darkest Hour."
Per previous reports, the new owners — East End Capital and K Property Group — of the building here on East Houston between Eldridge and Forsyth are planning to re-develop the property into a mixed-use retail and office project.
And in a piece on the theater's closing, the Times got the scoop on that new development...
[Via The New York Times]
Per the Times:
The Sunshine will be demolished and turned into a nine-story “boutique” office building for small to midsize companies, said Jonathon Yormak, the founder and managing principal of East End Capital.
“We’re big fans of the Lower East Side,” Mr. Yormak said. “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.”
The new 65,000-square-foot building will be designed by Roger Ferris and feature retail space on the ground floor. Demolition will begin by March and the new building, which is being branded as 141 E. Houston Street, will be completed in late 2019, Mr. Yormak said.
The new building permits haven't been posted just yet at the DOB.
The Sunshine Cinema opened in December 2001.
Built in 1898, the Sunshine Cinema building was formerly the Houston Hippodrome motion picture theatre and a Yiddish vaudeville house.