Landmark's Sunshine Cinema

Movie theaters, Independent Lower East Side
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Landmark's Sunshine Cinema

Once a renowned Yiddish theater, this comfortable venue has snazz and chutzpah to spare. Intimate cinemas and excellent sound are a beautiful complement to the indie fare; here, too, is New York’s most consistently excellent midnight series.


Venue name: Landmark's Sunshine Cinema
Address: 143 E Houston St
New York
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: $13.50, seniors and children $10. Midnight screenings $10
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One of my favorite theaters in Manhattan. The movie selection is impeccable - mostly indie and foreign films. Tons of screenings and Q & As. The popcorn is yummy and they offer yummy stuff in the concessions such as ice cream from Melt Bakery. The theaters themselves are perfectly built, no matter where you sit you can see perfectly.

Truly a neighborhood gem.

lily r

I imagine walking into the Sunshine Cinema feels like what it was like to walk around the LES in the late 80s and early 90s. It has managed to retain this grunge, cool-kid, artsy vibe, while still feeling relevant and well-kept. I love coming here to see independent films or midnight showings of cult films. The location is perfect to make a night of the movies and grab dinner or a drink after at any of the surrounding LES bars or restaurants (although the snack stand at Sunshine is pretty phenomenal and artisan). It is also a great place to celeb spot (the younger set of celebrities). 

I still credit one of my most New York moments as seeing Two Lovers (a 2008 film set in NYC) at the Sunshine and walking out onto Houston into a fresh snowfall. 


One of the best independent cinema in NYC.  Clean and attended with friendly service.