Sunrise Eleven

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.

Contributed by sporridge

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 9, 2009 at 8:09 am

The Sunrise opened in 1986. The three new screens were added in 2000.

sporridge
sporridge on June 20, 2009 at 10:20 am

Identical floor plans were used for the Fox Pompano (aka Fox Festival) in Pompano Beach: industrial gray decor, but that was a reasonable tradeoff for wide screens and incredible audio (now lost to twinning times three at the Sunrise).

Fox Theaters (Pennsylvania) intended to build two similar multiplexes in Palm Beach County, at Boynton Beach (eventually opened by Cobb) and Lake Worth. Word had it the latter was dropped when it was discovered the intended theater property stretched a few feet into an adjoining city — a potential nightmare if police/fire responders would claim the other city had jurisdiction. (Similar circumstances killed a proposed AMC megaplex where Margate, Coral Springs, and Coconut Creek intersect.)

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

This theater is now managed by Frank Theatres. The new official website is: http://www.franktheatres.com/Home.aspx

buffal0s0uljah
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
AlAlvarez on September 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

AKA, Sunrise at Pine Plaza.

jcasson12
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
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
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
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
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.

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