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NYC’s Sunshine Cinema closing in 2018

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Bummer news for film fans in NYC: Lower East Side moviehouse Landmark Sunshine Cinema will close when its lease expires in January 2018. From The New York Post:

The 30,000-square-foot building at 139 E. Houston St. has been sold for $31.5 million to developers East End Capital and K Property Group, which will convert it to a mixed-use development with retail and upstairs office space. The site includes 20,000 square feet of air rights.

Landmark had a right of first refusal to buy the building and wanted to serve dinner with its flicks, but that idea was flushed after a full liquor license was rejected in 2012 by the community board. The property has been marketed since 2015.

Landmark Sunshine Cinema opened in 2001 and was the first indiependent film theater in NYC to offer such amenities as  stadium seating and gourmet popcorn flavors. We’ll miss ya, Sunshine Cinema. The circle of life continues for Landmark, though, who will open a multiplex soon in Midtown that Curbed reports will feature “a private bar where Q&A’s and special events can be held, along with ‘unique design elements’ like a video wall and a special light display.… [and] the theaters themselves will be equipped with plush leather recliners, plenty of concessions, and laser projection screens.”

This won’t be the only Lower East Side mainstay to shutter due to skyrocketing rent. The never-not-packed restaurant Schiller’s Liquor Bar will close in August after 14 years.

 

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