Sun-Ray Cinema

1028 Park Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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Originally opened as the Riverside Theatre in 1927, it was renamed Five Points Theatre after a remodeling in 1949. It is reported to have been the home for the 1972 run of “The Godfather” that had the longest run of any theater in the USA. The Five 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 movie theatre again in October 2008. It was renamed Sun-Ray Cinema in 2012.

Contributed by moviemad, Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm

This is a circa 1949 photo.

Patsy on May 30, 2009 at 10:13 am

I just learned of this theatre through a Florida friend, Irv Lipscomb. After clicking on Roy A. Benjamin’s name it is interesting to learn that 2 other theatres designed by him in Jacksonville are still listed as OPEN…the San Marco and the Florida Theatres!

Patsy on May 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

Roy Benjamin also built the Marion in Ocala Florida which I hope to see next winter! The Marion has some connnection to John Travolta as he lives near Ocala in Anthony FL. He auctioned off a motorcycle from one of his movies to help with the theatre renovation. Thanks John!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

Here is a nice photo of the Five Points.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2009 at 4:05 am

Roy Benjamin’s original Italian Renaissance interior of the Riverside Theatre was completely replaced by the Art Moderne style of the Five Points Theatre in the 1949 remodeling. Plans for the remodeling were by Orlando architect F. Earl DeLoe, and the new decoration was designed by Rex M. Davis of the Teichert studios.

The project was the subject of a two-part Boxoffice article by Hanns Teichert, part one in the issue of November 5, 1949, and part two (with more photos) in the issue of December 3, 1949.

barbara92341 on April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

This movie theatre was still showing films at least through November 1979 – We saw “Time after Time” there the week before we lost our 15 year old son just a week after we saw that movie. I love this old theatre and I am so happy for the restoration – We try to get there at least once a month –

Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

Love the 1949 marquee look! Wish it still looked that way!

Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

Joe: Your posted 2009 Boxoffice links don’t seem to work anymore! Help!

Treadwell on August 16, 2012 at 2:24 am

New ownership has renamed it Sun-Ray Cinema.

CSWalczak on August 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

Official website:

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.

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