Sunshine Building/Sunshine Theater
Circa 1940s-1950s photo of the Sunshine Building. Courtesy of the Albuquerque Museum
The Sunshine Building as seen today
Back of the building as seen from 2nd Street.
Night photo of neon sign, circa 1930s-1940s. Courtesy of the Albuquerque Museum
Looking down Central Ave. SW, circa 1940s-1950s. Sunshine Building seen on the left, especially the neon sign. Courtesy of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.
Promotional ad for TV show, "In Plain Sight." (2008-2012)
Promotional ad for 1923 film, "Scaramouch."
Backstory and Context
The Sunshine Theater, which occupies a significant portion of the building, was Albuquerque's first movie palace. The first film shown there was Scaramouche, starring Ramón Novarro and accompanied by a special orchestra for the occasion. The theater stopped showing first-run movies in 1974 and closed completely in the 1980s, but has since been remodeled into a popular live music venue. The Sunshine Theater has hosted a number of notable acts such as The Strokes, Snoop Dogg, Deltron 3030, Stone Temple Pilots, The Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Rancid, Coheed and Cambria, Awolnation, Cannibal Corpse, Ratatat, Social Distortion, Pennywise, Hollywood Undead, Deftones, Nightwish, Melanie Martinez, Damien Marley and Deadmau5 among others. The Sunshine Theater's set up is an open floor, a large balcony, and a bar that seats a 21 and older audience, in all they accommodate about 1,000 people. The theater is the most popular venue in the Albuquerque metro area to accommodate smaller but still notable acts, many with five or more shows in one month.
"Historic Landmarks". City of Albuquerque Planning Department.
Potts, Leanne (July 22, 2003). "Sunshine Theater's Appeal Is Its All-Ages Music Shows". Albuquerque Journal. NM. pp. A5.