Sun Art Theater

1116 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N.,
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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AndreasP
AndreasP on October 30, 2017 at 11:31 am

seems to be a double entry for http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/32377

rivest266
rivest266 on October 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

This opened as the 9th Street theatre on September 30th, 1929. It reopened as the Sun on August 23rd, 1950 and Sun Art on August 31st, 1957 and closed in April 1977. 1929, 1950, 1957 grand opening ads in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

August 28th, 1957 article

Found on Newspapers.com

April 19th, 1977 closing

Found on Newspapers.com

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on December 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Your “Google” photo is showing one block too far north. If you could turn around 180 degrees you would be looking at the north side of the theatre building. The building still exists. When I moved to St. Petersburg in 1953, it was called THE SUN THEATRE and ran 2nd run films. When I graduated from high school in 1955, and just before I moved to Asheville, NC, I had to go see a last movie at the SUN THEATRE. The movie was JOHNNY DARK with Tony Curtis. When I moved back to the area, the SUN THEATRE was now the SUN ART THEATRE and was showing “them there furrin fillums”. When this did not work the SUN ART started running “soft core” porno films. They even added a small “pussycat” theatre inside the office area that ran 16mm films. The theatre had a live stage and dressing rooms and at one time in the early 1960’s had live vaudeville and burlesque shows. In later years it was used as an antique auction house.

jimmyj
jimmyj on December 14, 2013 at 6:50 am

This Theater was first the “Ninth Street” Theater, then the “Sun Theater” and finally the “Sun Art Theater”.