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

Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

Harvey on November 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Checked out the new version of the 5 Points tonight.

A very nice restoration indeed! However, the acoustics in the theater itself could use some work. A weird echo in the hall from the film’s soundtrack that’s distracting and takes some time getting used to.

My friend, who was in bands that played at the 5 Points during it’s 90’s nightclub incarnation, remembers having to take that same echo (mostly from the drums since he was a bass player)into consideration while playing so it wouldn’t throw him off. He thinks some drapes and padding on the sides of the theater could possibly help.

Seating is a little weird, especially for those who are used to modern stadium style. Removable doctor’s office waiting room style chairs(I really don’t know how else to describe them) and church pews down front. Doesn’t bother me much. I’d sit on the floor if need be.

They’ve really done a great job with the place. Just need to work on that sound issue.

atlmike on November 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Congratulations to Mike Shad for seeing the potential and doing something about it! It’s terrific to see an old theatre re-open, especially one with so much history. This will help the ongoing process of injecting new life into the 5 Points shopping district.

Patsy on May 30, 2009 at 8:13 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 8:15 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!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2009 at 2:05 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 2:51 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 7:17 am

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

Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

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

Treadwell on August 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

New ownership has renamed it Sun-Ray Cinema.

CSWalczak on August 18, 2012 at 12:04 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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