AMC Sunrise 8

4321 NW 88th Avenue,
Sunrise, FL 33351

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Late-1980’s suburban multiplex, made remarkable by its four 295-seat auditoriums featuring THX sound (new to the area at the time) and wide screens.

Opened about a year after the Manor Art Cinema and Art Towne closed, the Fox Sunrise quickly became Broward County’s destination for art/alternative programming.

Originally an eightplex, successor Sunrise Cinemas subdivided three of the larger auditoriums, now totaling 11 screens. Frank Theatres took over operations in 2010.

In late-2014 it was taken over by AMC and the number of auditoriums reduced to 8.

Contributed by sporridge

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

CSWalczak on November 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

This theater is now managed by Frank Theatres. The new official website is:

buffal0s0uljah on June 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Great memories of this theater when it was FOX Sunrise. Was one of the bigger and nicer multiplexes in the area at the time. Saw a lot of first run blockbusters there including Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park. Only been there once since then when it was managed under Sunrise Theaters back in 2008 to see The Dark Knight.

AlAlvarez on September 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

AKA, Sunrise at Pine Plaza.

jcasson12 on December 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

I went to work as an usher for this theater when it opened in 1986. A few months later the manager resigned and they asked me to run it until they could find a replacement. I was 17. It was the best experience of my life. I worked 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. every day, and not one day seemed like work. After the summer was over and I had to go back to high school, they brought in a new manager. Al, was that you? I remember his last name was Alvarez, but I don’t remember a first name?

AlAlvarez on December 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

Not me, jcasson12, but I had a similar experience when I was 17 at the Sunny Isles Twin. Some things never change in the industry.

I think the long hours, sleep and food deprivation, and being around a product you enjoy produces a form of unintended brainwashing that creates career theatre employees.

sporridge on December 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Made a rare visit not too long ago, and at least one of the (original) smaller auditoriums was finally equipped with stereo sound. To think there was a time I’d be doing art movie double or even triple features there…

decojunkie on June 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Saw Brave here twice in auditorium 5, once on opening weekend, the 2nd time the following tuesday. Compared to the Coral Square 8 this one was a good experience.. but it isn’t all that. I guess Frank’s theater chain specializes in Mediocre. I’m done with them. Between the Coral Square 8 and this one, I don’t ever want to set foot in another Frank’s.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Frank Theater chain has always been a low life chain and treats employees like crap. I worked briefly for them in the late 70’s in Atlantic City.

AlAlvarez on January 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Now back to AMC and eight screens.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Al, do you know if they undivided the 3 large auditoriums that had been divided? I suspect they are going to add more. Very strange for AMC to purchase a small theater.

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