Sun-Ray Cinema

1028 Park Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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Coate on March 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm

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.

Coate on May 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

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.

DavidZornig on May 7, 2015 at 12:38 am

1949 marquee photo added, from previous dead link.

hckymom1 on April 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

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?

Patsy on April 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Nice renovated/re-opened story.

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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?)

CSWalczak on August 18, 2012 at 3:04 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 3:24 am

New ownership has renamed it Sun-Ray Cinema.

Patsy on April 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

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

barbara92341 on April 12, 2012 at 5:51 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 5:05 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 11:15 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 11:13 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 6:13 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 10, 2008 at 1:25 am

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 3:04 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 9:54 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 12:05 pm

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 3:59 pm

I get cousin Gary right on it.

ghamilton on January 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

SO-Is the theater now apartments?

Harvey on March 22, 2007 at 9:43 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 9:43 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 6:31 am

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

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Troy4u on March 10, 2007 at 8:59 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.