Sunset Theater

4705 Fifth Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Sunset Theater

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The Sunset Theater was located in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. It was a couple of blocks away from the Park Theatre. Operating as the Vaudeau Theater in 1908, it was rebuilt as the Sunset Theater in 1914. A Robert Morton 2 manual/ 3 rank theatre organ was installed in 1924.

It was closed on July 2, 1950 and was gutted and converted into retail space.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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micknits
micknits on July 19, 2004 at 12:41 pm

If I’m not wrong, I thought the Sunset was across the street from Sunset Park, which would put it at the site of an eventual Bohack Supermarket between 43rs and 44th—-Now Zaza’s, that was some pizza, especially the Sicilian—-I heard that Rocky and Mike had opened a pizzeria in NJ after they sold ZaZa’s, but I never confirmed

jflundy
jflundy on July 20, 2004 at 6:16 am

In 1948 the Sunset at 47th and Fifth Ave and the Park at 44th and Fifth Ave were both Interboro Circuit houses.

jflundy
jflundy on July 20, 2004 at 6:50 am

There was another Interboro theater up the Avenue at 56th and Fifth called the Vanity. The Vanity and Sunset did not have air conditioning and in hot weather this was a factor which helped the Park.

There was a Park Theater on Beach 116th Street in Rockaway which was an RKO house for a while in the 1940’s.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 20, 2004 at 8:15 am

The 1946 Film Daily Year Book lists the Sunset Theatre at 4705 Fifth Avenue, and the Park Theatre at 4322 Fifth Avenue. Incidentally, my copy of the 1946 FDYB was once owned by Adolph Zukor. His name is engraved in gold at the bottom right corner of the cover.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 3, 2005 at 4:38 pm

A C/O was issued for an existing building at 4705 Fifth Avenue on September 7, 1926. Purpose of building: 567 seat motion picture theater. Owner is listed as the Barr Brothers.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2005 at 4:04 pm

A Robert-Morton organ was installed in the Sunset Theater in 1924.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 27, 2006 at 2:58 pm

Looking the the building today, it is incredible to believe that it still exists, but it does.

It is a very old building, which according to records had an alteration done to an existing building in 1902. In 1908 alterations were done and it opened as the Vaudeau Theatre in January 1908 whick was operated by the Bay Ridge Amusement Co. By 1910 until 1913 it had been renamed the Konigswald Gustave Theatre (Swedish for King Gustave). In the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 it is listed as operating as the Sunset Theatre.

I would say that the C/O mentioned by lostmemory which was issued in 1926 for an an existing building, was possibly for an enlarged building with a new seating capacity.

The Sunset Theatre actually closed in 1951 and has been in use as a supermarket for many years.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 9, 2006 at 3:35 am

The front of the building has been totally re-modeled, but looking around the rear, the original brickwork of the auditorium block still survives. Nothing remains to be seen inside and any features have either been removed or covered with a drop ceilings and panels.

Here is a photograph I took in June 2006 of the Sunset Theatre frontage:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/210921306/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2007 at 5:40 pm

BROOKLYN THEATRE TO BE SUPERMARKET

NY Times December 1, 1952

The former Sunset Theatre, an old motion picture house at 4705-09 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, has been sold by Catherine R. Caragol of Caldwell, N, J., to the J. S. Gould Son’s Company, which plans to convert it into a supermarket for occupancy under long lease by Dilbert Bros., Inc., a food chain.

The closing date in the description above needs to be changed.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Anyone out there have a vintage photo of this theater?

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