Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Goodbye Sunshine

After sitting vacant for nearly 16 months, workers finally got around to starting the exterior demolition at the former Sunshine Cinema in late April.

Several EVG readers have pointed out that the circa-1898 building on Houston Street between Forsyth and Eldridge is shrinking into a pile of rubble now...

The property owners, East End Capital and K Property Group, have approved plans to erect a 9-story office building. Our previous post has more details on what's to come.

The five-screen Landmark Sunshine Theater closed Jan. 21, 2018, after 17 years in business.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Sunshine Cinema-replacing office building moving forward; demolition watch back on

Discarded theater seats and goodbyes at the Sunshine Cinema

The 9-story boutique office building coming to the former Sunshine Cinema space

A celebratory ad on the purchase of 139 E. Houston St., current home of the Sunshine Cinema

The boutique office building replacing the Sunshine Cinema will be 'unbounded by walls' with an outdoor space called Houston Alley


Anonymous said...

This is devastating. When it closed, I could not believe it. I patronized this theater endlessly. It was a wonderful place. And I am furious that money and greed overtook it. Bastards.

Gojira said...

Well my heart just shattered. I curse CB3 for allowing liquor licenses for every shady operator that comes along, but not this place, which might have saved it. And I speak as a former CB3 member who was on the SLA committee.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, CB3 members who made this happen, and fuck you so, so very much, you fucking civic vandals. We will miss this gorgeous building and the wonderful cinema it housed.

cmarrtyy said...

A group of petty/pathetic political appointees took this building from our community. All the joy/happiness/opportunity. And people wonder why 19% of the registered voters voted in the last mayoral election. ONE PARTY RULE. ONE P-A-R-T-Y R-U-L-E-!

sophocles said...

I am not sure why CB3 gets blamed for the closing. Community Boards only make a recommendation to the State Liquor Authority. The Sunshine could have continued with the application process after the CB3 thumbs down--as other applicants have--and I'm 98% sure that Chairman Bradley would have approved a license. There was probably something else going on.