Sunshine Cinema Joins Zip Card Program

Our new partner, the 10002 Zip Card, is featuring some good deals.  A new participating business, the Sunshine Cinema, is offering two for one movie tickets. Plus Pimps & Pinups, the salon at 101 Stanton Street, has a 10% discount for Zip Card members.  Joining is absolutely free. Head on over to the Zip Card web site for details.

Coming Up Saturday: Formula One Cars Roar onto Forsyth Street

Ayrton Senna, who died in a racing crash 17 years ago.

The Lower East Side isn’t much of a hotbed for auto racing (unless you’re talking Delancey Street). But on Saturday the area around the Sunshine Cinema is the place to be for Formula One fans. In conjunction with the premiere of Senna,” a documentary recounting the life and fiery death of racing champion Ayrton Senna, there be a big display of exotic sports cars – including two historic Formula One cars (from the 1970’s).

Race car driver Alex Roy will be on hand with his BMW M5 (the car he used to set the 31 hour and 4 minute transcontinental LA-NYC record). Senna writer Manish Pandey and ESPN commentator John Bisignano will also be there. The cars will be lined up on Forsyth Street between Stanton and East Houston strating at 11 a.m. You can check out the Senna Facebook page for more info.


Great Prizes Up for Grabs at LES Trivia Night!

A Russ & Daughters Classic Bagel and Lox Sandwich, one of the many great prizes proffered, via gift certificate, at LES Trivia Night with The Lo-Down (photo via Lox Populi at

Did we mention there are some fantastic local prizes to be had at our LES Trivia Night tomorrow evening?  Along with tasty snacks and great drink specials on hand, winners of each round of trivia will be treated to some great LES staples, including free movie passes from the Sunshine Cinema, pickle gift certificates from The Pickle Guys, a book basket brimming with books from the Tenement Museum’s bookstore and to top it all off, Grand Prize winners will garner a Russ & Daughters gift certificate for a bagel sandwich!

Join us with the Tenement Museum at Fontana’s!  We look forward to enjoying a fun evening on the LES.  FREE // 6:30pm // 105 Eldridge Street.

Laughter and Adventure For All in This Week’s Midnight Movie at The Sunshine

Buttercup & Westley prepare to face the Rodents of Unusual Size (ROUS) via

The Midnight Movie at The Sunshine offers up fun for the whole family this weekend with everybody’s favorite fairy tale (and comedy/adventure), The Princess Bride. Perhaps one of the most quoted films of all time, director Rob Reiner expertly mans the helm of the adaptation of William Goldman’s novel. Silliness and swordsmanship abound in the witty screenplay.  The superb cast features a young Carey Elwes and Robin Wright along with comedy and stage veterans Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn and Christopher Guest, not to mention fantastic cameos from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Peter Cook. $10 // Friday and Saturday at Midnight // 143 East Houston Street.

Clue Comes to the Midnight Movie at the Sunshine

Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean and Madeline Kahn team up in Clue, at the Sunshine this weekend.

When it appeared in theaters in 1985 with three separate endings, the movie version of Clue (based on the popular board game) received mixed reviews.  It has since developed a cult following and big appreciation for the charming performances by the heavy hitting ensemble cast featuring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn and Lee Ving.  If you like slapstick served with mystery mayhem and some brilliant deadpan acting, this is a great way to wrap up Spring Break.  $10 // Friday and Saturday at midnight // 143 E. Houston.

Roger Rabbit at This Week’s Midnight Movie at the Sunshine

The classic film Who Framed Roger Rabbit will be gracing the screen at the Sunshine Cinema’s Midnight Movie this weekend.  One of the first films to brilliantly combine live action with animation, the wacky comedy cartoon noir/thriller features Bob Hoskins as a toon-hating private detective defending the wrongly accused toon star Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer), while trying to keep his hands off Roger’s wife, the now infamous cartoon diva, Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner).  Christopher Lloyd voices the villain, Judge Doom, and Joanna Cassidy stars as the detective’s girlfriend. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. $10 // Friday and Saturday at midnight // 143 E. Houston.

Rat Honors, Keanu at the Sunshine, LES Reality Show

  • We’re number 2! Lower East Side is city’s second most rat-infested neighborhood (Daily News).
  • East 5th Street Block Association intends to fight liquor license for “craft beer focused” restaurant (EV Grieve).
  • Keanu Reeves enjoys a “jolly and casual” – and low key – movie premiere at the Sunshine (NYT)
  • The world’s greatest storyteller takes on the LES (Post).
  • Uh oh. Lower East Side to get its own “Jersey Shore” style reality show? (Gothamist)

Three Nights of Jurassic Park at the Sunshine This Weekend

Although it’s not exactly a holiday weekend for everyone, President’s Day (Mon., Feb. 21st) is as good an excuse as any to catch an extra night of the midnight movie at the Sunshine.  Especially when they are screening Steven Spielberg’s innovative CG classic, Jurassic Park (1993). What’s more fun than a bag of popcorn and giant prehistoric creatures (on the big screen) wreaking havoc on the likes of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum? $10 // Feb. 18-20 // Midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.

Rear Window Graces Sunshine’s Midnight Movie Screen

Hitchcock fans rejoice; you can catch Rear Window on the big screen this weekend at the Sunshine Cinema’s Midnight Movie. Grace Kelly never looked so smart (and glamorous) and Mr. Stewart is pretty witty in that wheelchair.  Thelma Ritter plays an excellent sidekick to them both. Somehow this apartment gazing, peeping tom thriller has endured, and still manages to entice, especially if you get to see it projected as it was meant to be seen. $9.99 // Fri. and Sat. at midnight // 143 East Houston Street

John Cameron Mitchell Will Take Your Questions

Brave Filmmaker/Writer/Actor and all-around artiste John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) will be on hand at the Sunshine Cinema this Saturday for two Q&A events after screenings of his new film, Rabbit Hole.  The film’s heavy-hitting cast includes Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple grieving after the death of their young son; Diane Wiest and Sandra Oh round out the cast.  Rabbit Hole was originally a Tony and Pulitzer-winning play with a successful Broadway run in 2006 (starring Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery). Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire was approached to adapt it for the screen by none other than Ms. Kidman.

Weekend Guide

From the installation "Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Voice and Wind (2009)" in the New Museum's Lobby Gallery

Along with our Weekend Music Picks, Nutcracker in the Lower at Abrons and the NORFOLKSNYC Holiday Co-op Market, here are a few more highlights from events happening on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Friday, Dec. 3

  • The Museum at Eldridge Street has extended their Friday hours. They write: We (now) offer new extended Friday hours from 10am to 3pm, with reflective music in our beautiful main sanctuary from 2-3pm. It’s the perfect way to end the work week and usher in the Sabbath.

This Week’s Rattle & Reel: Waiting For “Superman”

Still from "Waiting for Superman" by Davis Guggenheim

You can catch the hot doc of the moment and even take the tots for free.  The Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle & Reel series is screening Waiting for “Superman” at 11am tomorrow, for caregivers and their babies.  The film is oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim’s (An Inconvenient Truth) look at our country’s failing education system.

What’s Next for the Loew’s Canal Theater?

More now on the future of the Loews Canal Theater (31 Canal), which was partially protected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission earlier this month.  The decision was a big victory for preservation activists, who would love to see the shuttered 1927 building reopened as some kind of public performance space.

Last night, I spoke briefly with Amy Chin, head of “CREATE in Chinatown,” a group that hoped to turn the theater into a Chinese cultural center.  Last year, her organization and Loews Canal owner Thomas Sung released a statement saying an architect had been hired to study the idea.

Midnight Movie at the Sunshine: Gone With The Pope

The Midnight Movie at the Sunshine Cinema is a return visit (“back by popular demand”) of the exploitation film, Gone With the Pope. It stars writer/director Duke Mitchell (Massacre Mafia Style) as Paul, a gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom.

They write: Shot in 1975 as Kiss the Ring, Gone With the Pope was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered Gone With the Pope in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-nominated film editor Murawski (The Hurt Locker, Spider-Man 1,2 and 3) spent 15 years completing Gone With the Pope from the surviving film elements.

Midnight Movie at the Sunshine – 2001: A Space Odyssey

This week’s midnight movie at the Sunshine Cinema is Stanley Kubrick‘s classic sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey – and it’s showing all three nights of our long weekend holiday.  The film opened to mixed reviews (way back in 1968!) but is now on many “Best Films of All Time” lists.   $9.99 // Fri., Sat., Sun. at midnight // 143 East Houston Street.