Sunset Theatre

313 S. Andrews Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Sunset Theatre exterior

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Standing next to the Sweet Building (today known as One River Plaza) on Andrews Avenue at Las Olas Boulevard, the Sunset Theatre is shown as being open in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook with seating for 757, operated at that time by a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. It was closed in 1953.

Any further information, including the Sunset’s current status, would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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seanjung
seanjung on August 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm

The Sunset was opened on Christmas Eve 1922 at South Andrews and Las Olas next to the “Sweet Building”. This would be Fort Lauderdale’s first theater. It initially seated 989 patrons. It closed in 1950. Florida States Theaters owned this theater.

The Sunset used to show bawdy movies and later, it turned into the short lived Purple Onion night club where Little Richard actually performed.

seanjung
seanjung on August 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Correction: Theater closed in 1953.

kgtband
kgtband on January 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Judging from Google Maps, the building next to it in the 40’s postcard is still there, but the theater is now a parking garage

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

From the 1940s a view of Andrews Avenue along withe the Sunset Theatre on a postcard and a photo postcard in Fort Lauderdale.

sporridge
sporridge on June 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

The map given above is south of the Sunset’s former location; it was just a block or two south of Las Olas Boulevard, around the corner from where the Las Olas Riverfront 15 shows movies today.

triassic4
triassic4 on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 am

The above ‘Sunset Theater’ in Ft Lauderdale was later reopened as ‘The STATE Theater’ sometime during the 1950-1960’s. As a kid in those years, I used to frequent this theater on a weekly basis. They became famous for showing mostly B-films of the Sci-Fi/Horror genre and teen flicks (along with other standard fare features of the times). I can seem to find absolutely NO information regarding this theater when it became “The STATE”. Would love to see any old photos which featured the marquee sign showing that change. I believe that I finally closed forever in the early 1970’s.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 31, 2012 at 6:53 am

triassic4, I found some references to a STATE Theatre in Dania but not in Ft. Lauderdale.

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