Sunset Theater

2411 Telegraph Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Operated by: Renaissance Rialto

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: D.K. Theatre

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Sunset Theater

This very short-lived theater opened in a converted market as the D.K. Theatre; its front emphasized 70 mm screening above the entrance.

Despite a seemingly attractive location on Telegraph a few blocks south of the UC campus, it did not survive long. About 1976 Allan Michaan took over its operation and renamed it the Sunset, but the name proved all too apt for its existence, as it closed down soon afterwards.

Reverted back to retail space, it is now an annex of Rasputin Records.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

scottfavareille on April 6, 2004 at 8:26 pm

In 1973-1975, it did show hard porn.

gsmurph on June 18, 2004 at 11:00 am

The Sunset/DK’s address was 2411 Telegraph Avenue.

jfrentzen on May 12, 2005 at 3:47 pm

In the 1970s, the Sunset briefly ran the same type of cult and off-Hollywood titles that were popular at the Rialto 4. Unlike the Rialto, the Sunset was done up in the style of a true moviehouse and offered a pleasant viewing experience. I recall that it quickly switched to a porn house.

gsmurph on August 9, 2005 at 4:50 pm

There’s a bit of an irony here in that when Rasputin annexed the former Sunset (perhaps aware of its past life as a theater), they installed a marquee that looks more like a movie-house marquee than any the Sunset ever had during its life as an actual movie house.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

jordanlage on September 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

Aha! This was where I saw Chinatown maybe in ‘76 or '77, not at Telegraph Rep as I’d thought. I do recall seeing it in a second floor auditorium, very cramped, seemingly makeshift. Anyone have a similar recollection of this theater’s interior?

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