1028 Park Street,
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Sun Ray Cinema (Official)
Architects: Roy A. Benjamin, F. Earl DeLoe
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent), Movies (Revival)
Styles: Italian Renaissance, Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Riverside Theatre, 5 Points Theatre, River City Playhouse
News About This Theater
- Aug 17, 2013 — Sun-Ray to expand with additional screen
- Jul 13, 2013 — Five Points theater better than ever
- Mar 31, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- Mar 17, 2013 — “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
- Oct 30, 2009 — Happy 50th, "Sleeping Beauty"
Originally opened as the Riverside Theatre in 1927, it was renamed 5 Points Theatre after a remodeling in 1949. The 5 Points Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1977.
In 1984, it became a playhouse, known as the River City Playhouse and this continued until 1991, when it was converted into a nightclub named Club 5, which closed in 2001.
In 2008, it was taken over by car dealer Mike Shad and was renovated, re-opening as a twin screen movie theatre in October 2008. It was renamed Sun-Ray Cinema in November 2011.
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New ownership has renamed it Sun-Ray Cinema.
Official website: http://www.sunraycinema.com/
The website gives the address as 1028 Park St. As there is a menu page showing offerings that include sandwiches, pizza, beer, and wine, it appears that the theater has become more of a dine-and-view.
It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the 5 Points. With a reserved-seat run of 31 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)
Nice renovated/re-opened story.
I’m doing a research paper on the history of this theater. If anyone has some great facts or has seen it evolved, can you let me know some cool information?
1949 marquee photo added, from previous dead link.
It has been said that this theater hosted the longest run of “The Godfather.” I’ve never vetted this, so I can’t say if it’s an accurate claim or not.
I’ve had a chance to research the release of “The Godfather” (1972) and can state that the 5 Points did NOT have the longest run of that film in the United States as claimed in the intro above (“It is reported to have been the home for the 1972 run of “The Godfather” that had the longest run of any theatre in the USA.”). It’s not even close! I’ve found “The Godfather” ran at 5 Points for 18 weeks, which is a lengthy run, for sure, but nowhere near the long-run record holders. It’s not even the long-run record holder for the venue (which probably belongs to “The Sound of Music” with its 31-week roadshow run in 1965). At this time I cannot state with certainty which city/theater had the longest run of “The Godfather, but I’m aware of several in the 26-ish-week range and at least two that were in the 30+ week range. So, it’s a bit infuriating to learn that someone did such shoddy research (mistaken recollection? trolling?) on this "Godfather”/5 Points matter, especially since I’ve seen the claim repeated elsewhere including in some major newspapers.
My recently-published 50th anniversary “Godfather” retrospective includes, among other things, a first-run bookings chronology, and, as such, I can confirm the 5 Points in Jacksonville did NOT host the longest-running engagement of “The Godfather” as previously claimed in the intro and earlier comments (and repeated elsewhere). That film’s longest run—at 41 weeks—was held at Red Rock in Las Vegas.
From the showtimes listed on the theatre’s website it appears to be a 2-screen operation.