April 11, 2014 By Christian Murray
The Sunnyside Center Cinemas sign, which has dotted the Queens Blvd landscape for as many as 60 years, was taken down last night after a building inspector ordered that it be removed.
The sign, according to a variety of unconfirmed reports, was hit by a truck yesterday. One man claimed last night that he witnessed a truck back into it. He said the truck then left the scene.
Rudy Prashad, the theater owner, said he was devastated that it had to come down. He said he isn’t sure what he is going to replace it with, although he said was toying with the idea of introducing a digital sign.
He said that his lease ends this year and that his landlord has not informed him whether his lease will be renewed. Prashad said that if he is able to renew the lease he will in a better position to invest in getting a quality sign.
In the meantime, the theater has reopened. It was closed all day yesterday.