Sunshine Theatre

120 Central Avenue SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Sunshine Theatre exterior

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Opened on May 1, 1924, the 1,200 seat Sunshine Theatre was designed by El Paso architect Henry C. Trost, and was Albuquerque’s first big movie palace.

It continued to operate as a movie theatre into the 1980’s, and has recently been reborn as an all-ages night club, with an over-21 bar in the former balcony and a second bar called the Moonlight Lounge in one corner of the main floor.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Here is a recent photo. Compare it to the photo that Don posted. When was the marquee replaced?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Here are two 1983 photos:

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Photo2

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Here are two more 1983 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

MPol
MPol on May 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

When theatres are allowed to deteriote and go down hill like that, it’s clearly a wake-up call that it’s demise is around the corner, so to speak. Not a good sign, imho.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

This is a 1946 ad for “Albuquerque” at the Sunshine Theater.

lhl12
lhl12 on October 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I’m at my wit’s end. I first attended the Sunshine in 1973 for GONE WITH THE WIND, and my immature mind could not put a finger on what was wrong. I attended regularly in the late 1970s when it was a repertory house, and I still could not put my finger on what was wrong. Now I can. The entire interior of the theatre was drastically remodeled in 1948 in art moderne style. The only remaining trace of architect Henry C Trost’s and the anonymous decorator’s original design is the plaster mold surrounding the proscenium. Many moons ago I went through the microfilms of the local papers from circa May 1924 and found a single illustration of the original interior: a detail of an exit door, which was framed by three arches, all traces of which have been erased forever. The Henry Trost archives appear to have nothing about the Sunshine. The Albuquerque Public Library has nothing. The Albuquerque Museum has no illustrations of the original interior, and UNM’s Center for Southwest Research has papers relating only to the hideous 1948 remodeling. Does anyone, anyone, anyone at all have illustrations of the original 1924 interior? Many thanks!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

Nice Theatre,interesting story by lhl12.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 6:42 am

Through the years with “GWTW”: Boxoffice

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