143 East Houston Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues
INFO: 5 Screens DLP Digital Projection and Sound. Opened December 21, 2001. Built in 1898, the Sunshine Cinema building was formerly the Houston Hippodrome motion picture theatre and a Yiddish vaudeville house but for over 50 years it had been shuttered serving as a hardware warehouse. Landmark has restored the theatre back to its artistic roots and now offers the art-house film lover five state-of-the-art screens dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film as well as non-traditional studio programming. The Sunshine Cinema has exceptional presentation and amenities including stadium seating, Dolby Digital Surround EX sound and gourmet concessions. The theatre also offers attractions such as a Japanese rock garden and a viewing bridge that offers breathtaking city views from the third story spectacular glass annex. The restoration was a team effort—floor plans by TK Architects and interior design by architects Tony Pleskow and Tom Rael of Pleskow + Rael.
The renovation of the Sunshine Cinema continues Landmark's long tradition of building and restoring unique structures. Each of the art-house theatre chain's cinemas is of a different architectural design giving audiences the rare opportunity of experiencing exceptional independent films in an only-one-of-its-kind environment. As Landmark redefines the movie-going experience it redefines the markets it serves by creating new destination points through its innovative film programming and theatres.
Public Transportation: Take the F Train to the 2nd Avenue Stop. The M15 and M21 buses both stop nearby. The theatre is located at 143 East Houston Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Best First-Run Art House (2013) - gothamist.com
Best Movie Theatres issue (2010) - Time Out New York