Sunshine Cinema - New York City (photo: Patrick Crowley on Cinema Treasures website)
Sunshine Theatre
originally the Houston Hippodrome
now the Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston Street at Eldridge Street
New York, N.Y. 10002


The Sunshine Theatre occupied a building which was originally opened in 1909 as the Houston Hippodrome, a Yiddish vaudeville house. In 1917, the 600-seat theatre changed owners and was renamed the Sunshine. The theatre closed in 1945 and was used as a storage warehouse until the mid-1990s. Following a three-year, $12 million renovation project, the Sunshine Cinema opened as a five-theatre multiplex which runs art house films.
           
  Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra "Style 135" (courtesy Jeff Weiler)
Wurlitzer Style 135
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 677 (1923)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style 135A (with Automatic Player)
2 manuals, 4 ranks, 4 tuned percussions, 17 traps, piano console



Wurlitzer's Style 135A was identical to the Style 135 in that it had 4 ranks, 4 tuned percussions, 17 traps and a piano-style console. The appended letter "A" indicated it was also equipped with an automatic player mechanism. This organ has a Wurlitzer factory date of July 22, 1923.
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon     Pedal 2nd Touch
16
  Flute     Bass Drum
8
  Cello     Kettle Drum
          Cymbal

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Trumpet     Piano (with mandolin attachment)
8
  Salicional     Snare Drum
8
  Flute     Tambourine
4
  Salicet     Castanets
4
  Flute     Chinese Block
           
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Bourdon
4
  Salicet
8
  Trumpet
4
  Flute
8
  Salicional     Cathedral Chimes
8
  Flute     Xylophone
8
  Vox Humana     Glockenspiel

   

   
General
    One Balanced Expression Pedal  
    One General Tremulant  
    One Vox Humana Tremulant  
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
   
Horse Hoofs Siren Fire Gong
Bird Triangle Steamboat Whistle
Auto Horn Surf Effect Tom-Tom
Fire Gong (reiterating) Train  
     
Door Bell (push button)  
           
Stop Analysis
8
  Trumpet
61 pipes
 
8
  Salicional
73 pipes
 
16
  Flute
85 pipes
 
8
  Vox Humana
61 pipes
 
    Piano
88 notes
 
    Cathedral Chimes
18 notes
 
    Xylophone
30 notes
 
    Glockenspiel
30 notes
 
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1907
     Junchen, David L., comp. and ed. by Jeff Weiler. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.

Illustration:
     Cinema Treasures web site. Exterior.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Wurlitzer Style 135 console.