Rising Sun Theatre

6 Pearl Street,
Rising Sun, MD 21911

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The town of Rising Sun, Maryland, had two new-build movie theatres in its history. The first was the Rising Sun Theatre which was operational from 1919 to 1924. The second was the much more efficiently titled Sun Theatre which has its own Cinema Treasures page.

Nathan Volk built the first Rising Sun Theatre at the confluence of Pearl Street and Main Street in downtown beginning in January of 1919. The first advertised show was Robert Frazer in “Bolshevism on Trial” on May 31, 1919. A month later, Volk was out and the Rising Sun Theatre was under the helm of Samuel T. Little. The theatre stopped advertising in 1924 suggesting that the Sun had set. (The address is a bit off but is the best one as far as modern-day mapping goes.)

In 1940, J.M. Smith opened the Sun Theatre in the town’s existing public hall, Smith had operated the North East Theatre and Port Deposit Theatre. The original Sun Theatre opened December 25, 1940 with “Rangers of Fortune". William C. Buck took on the venue. But Buck was called off to active duty in World War II and his wife, Virginia, kept the place going. When Buck returned he built the New Sun Theatre with 425 seats which, as noted, has its own page.

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