Sunset Theater

2411 Telegraph Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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This very short-lived theater opened in a converted market as the D.K. Theatre; its front emphasized 70 mm screening above the entrance.

Despite a seemingly attractive location on Telegraph a few blocks south of the UC campus, it did not survive long. About 1976 Allan Michaan took over its operation and renamed it the Sunset, but the name proved all too apt for its existence, as it closed down soon afterwards.

Reverted back to retail space, it is now an annex of Rasputin Records.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on April 6, 2004 at 3:26 pm

In 1973-1975, it did show hard porn.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 18, 2004 at 6:00 am

The Sunset/DK’s address was 2411 Telegraph Avenue.

jfrentzen
jfrentzen on May 12, 2005 at 10:47 am

In the 1970s, the Sunset briefly ran the same type of cult and off-Hollywood titles that were popular at the Rialto 4. Unlike the Rialto, the Sunset was done up in the style of a true moviehouse and offered a pleasant viewing experience. I recall that it quickly switched to a porn house.

gsmurph
gsmurph on August 9, 2005 at 11:50 am

There’s a bit of an irony here in that when Rasputin annexed the former Sunset (perhaps aware of its past life as a theater), they installed a marquee that looks more like a movie-house marquee than any the Sunset ever had during its life as an actual movie house.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

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