Sun-Ray Cinema

1028 Park Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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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.

Treadwell on August 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

New ownership has renamed it Sun-Ray Cinema.

Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

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

Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

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

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 –

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Harvey on August 30, 2008 at 12:04 am

Great news! Local car dealership owner Mike Shad is renovating the 5 Points back to it’s theatrical glory! He plans on showing first run, independent, foreign films and special screenings.

Check out this link to the article in the Florida Times Union:

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atlmike on May 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm

I haven’t been inside for years, but the theatre appears to have been renovated and is used for special events. There is a marquee but I don’t think it’s the original. The old “5 Points” logo is no longer there. However, the building appears to have been nicely restored. I’d like to see how the theatre looks now.

xlibris on February 6, 2008 at 9:05 am

One thing I remember about the Five Points is that my
pediatrician’s office was on the second floor, over the
marqee. I was never happy to go there because it
usually meant a shot was in the offing.

I saw “2001” there in ‘68.

They Might Be Giants played there in 2002. I think it was
called Club Five then, but the TMBG records say “Marquee Theater.”

Recent news is that it was purchased by Mike Shad, the car
dealer; who refurbished and opened it as “Five Points Theatre and
Historic Event Facility.” See story here.

ghamilton on January 26, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I get cousin Gary right on it.

ghamilton on January 26, 2008 at 10:56 am

SO-Is the theater now apartments?

Harvey on March 22, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Looking at that VIXEN case doc and seeing Dale Carson’s name. His son just ran for sheriff in Jax and lost on Tuesday. Sheldon fought the good fight, though.

Harvey on March 22, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Looking at that VIXEN case doc and seeing Dale Carson’s name. His son just ran for sheriff in Jax and lost on Tuesday. Sheldon fought the good fight, though.

Coate on March 11, 2007 at 3:31 am

“The Sound Of Music” played the 5 POINTS for 31 weeks.

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Troy4u on March 10, 2007 at 5:59 pm

This theatre was on the market back in the early 80’s by a company that I had inquired about called BR Brokers and when they let me see inside that the heat did not work and a lot of seats were ripped right out of the floor because of a live performance company was having financial problems but I don’t remember the asking price at the time.

glenjay on September 2, 2006 at 10:44 am

In the 60s, the Five Points coverted to show Cinerama movies, and for a while it concentrated on the (relatively few) available movies in that format. I saw “This is Cinerama!” there (that’s the one with the roller coaster), and later “How the West Was Won.” The Five Points also showed “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which was in fake Cinerama: I remember at the first showing I attended, the sound system was set wrong and the opening “2001” theme from Richard Strauss was ear-splittingly loud. THAT was one of my most impressive movie experiences ever.

Before that, I remember taking a bus to see Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” at the Five Points. This was daring for my 13-year-old self. I believe that there was an attempt to restrict attendance to adults, but somehow I got in.

There was a restaurant nearby, Hargrave’s Steak House (I may have the name misspelled) where my family would sometimes eat prior to a movie at the Five Points.

atlmike on September 19, 2005 at 3:51 pm

The 5 Points was indeed one of the premier theatres in Jacksonville. My movie-going memories are primarily from the 1960’s. The 5 Points was the theatre where big movies played…I recall, for example, Dr. Zhivago, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Godfather. Usually, the big movies played the 5 Points, and, downtown, at the Florida and the Center theatres. And, at the 5 Points, the movies would play for weeks, even months. I also recall a point in the late ‘60’s when the theatre turned a corner. All of sudden, movies such as “Russ Meyers’ Vixen” were playing. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come, as 5 Points in general (the shopping area around the theatre— named for the convergence of several roads into 5 points) went into decline. Happily, the area is undergoing quite a revival with lots of contruction in the surrounding Riverside neighborhood.

ghamilton on March 10, 2005 at 5:28 pm

The latest news about the 5 points is so sad.It was such a beautiful centerpeice of a formerly wonderful shopping district.With the revival of the area out from there,I had hoped for better.My cousins and i often went ther in the late 50’s.

lindadelucca on November 12, 2004 at 2:54 pm

Under the 1970’s stucco lies the original 1927 tan brick facade of one of the first theaters built in Florida equipped for films with sound. The building was designed by architect Roy Benjamin, of Jacksonville, who also designed the Florida Theatre downtown, and over 200 other theaters around the country, concentrated mostly in Florida.

Some of his other theater designs:
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The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission will consider the building for landmark status Aug 2004.

As part of the Five Points area renovations project began in 1987, plans are in place to renovate the theater. Due for completion in approximately December 2005, the plan includes converting the top two floors into loft apartments, the second floor to leased office space and the ground floor into retail space. They hope to convert the old theater section, now occupied by Club 5, a nightclub, into a restaurant.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 3, 2004 at 11:04 am

The Five Points is listed in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook as having 800 seats.