Sun-Ray Cinema

Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville: Hours, Address, Sun-Ray Cinema Reviews: 5/5

Sun-Ray Cinema
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9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Christine M
Jacksonville, FL341 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
What a shame I've lived in Jacksonville for 5 years and have never visited this historic theater before now. This is a beautiful, old theater that is rich in character and history. You feel like you're stepping back into time when you walk in the doors. While there's only one screen here, that's part of the charm. This theater offers movies that are newly released while also offering old movies and smaller, artsy films you can't find at the larger theaters.

The concession stand is great offering food you'd actually like to eat. The popcorn is served in real bowls instead of paper tubs with a selection of delicious toppings. The pizza here is so good that some come in just to order the pizza to take with them. Inside the theater, the ceilings are soaring with comfortable chairs and a table in front of you to conveniently place your food and drink. The concession stand also offers beer and wine.

Coming here provides more than just seeing a movie; it's a whole experience. It's located in the funky and historic Five Points surrounded by unique shops, fabulous restaurants, and a variety of bars. Awesome place!
Written September 23, 2013
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Meghan L
Jacksonville, FL56 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
This place is awesome. They make all of their own food, get the coolest movies, and serve beer and wine (along with the food) during the movie, and bring it to your seat so you don't miss a thing! The staff is awesome, the food is awesome, the homemade trailers at the beginning of the movies is almost better than the movies themselves. Support this local business and the great owners that run it. They even do cool events and launches, Christmas sing-a-longs and so much more cool stuff. Definitely and very highly recommended!!!!
Written January 13, 2015
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jessieezee
Jacksonville, FL28 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
I visited the Sun Ray Cinema for the first time to see Ghostbusters and it was probably the best movie viewing experience I've ever had. The building itself is absolutely gorgeous and holds so much history within its walls. Loved the atmosphere and will definitely frequent often!
Written October 26, 2014
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Jerry T
Jacksonville, FL26 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Sun-ray is my favorite movie theater in Jacksonville, hands down.

The entrance is down a little alleyway in 5 points. When you walk in the door you are greeted by some really unusual monster murals and hit with that iconic popcorn smell. There are some awesome classic video game cabinets on the left, including one Marvel game on a Sega console with all of the original Japanese stickers (100 yen to play).

The snack bar is great. The popcorn is delicious, and is served in metal bowls like you might have eaten popcorn as a kid. There are a number of different salts, oils (including truffle which rocks) and things you can pile onto your popcorn. They also have food, local draft beers and bottles of wine. It's around 5 bucks for a beer, and $18 for a bottle of wine. It's nice to be able to have a drink in a theater that you didn't have to sneak in.

The theater itself is very cool. Sun-ray only has one big screen, and they might feature 2 or 3 movies at any given time. These can range from first-run flicks to art house or the type of films that you see nominated at Sundance. The seats are comfortable, and there is a long wooden table in front of each row of seats to rest your food or drinks on. There's a large chandelier that dims down when the movie starts. The screen isn't as crisp and a newer theater, but sound is pretty robust for a theater this size and age.

All in all, Sun-ray provides a really unique viewing experience and has been one of my favorite things to do in Jax. Definitely worth the trip down to 5-points
Written August 5, 2014
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Sarah R
Savannah, GA18 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
My husband and I made a point to visit this theater on a trip to Jacksonville. We love history and old buildings, and I love vegan food, so it was a natural. We weren't disappointed. I just wish I'd been hungry when we visited; I only had room for a vegan strawberry milkshake, which was delicious. I can't wait to go back and try the pizza. The theater itself was comfortable, with a beautiful medallion on the ceiling. It was a smaller theater, which gave a nice impression of intimacy, like watching a movie with friends (even if everyone else was a stranger).
Written July 22, 2014
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judolphin
Bruges, Belgium13 contributions
Jun 2013
Sun-Ray is historical because it was the first theater in the United States (one of three) to play movies with sound, but that doesn't matter that much.

Sun-Ray is very community-minded and has a great blend of indy films, blockbusters and themed events based on classic movies.

Definitely come here, and check out the rest of the Riverside/Avondale area.
Written July 9, 2013
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JasperMarks
Portland, OR236 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Fun old funky theater with mom and pop feel. Popcorn served in metal bowls. Seats have tables in front of them. Stadium style seating so all seats good. Showed a Casper friendly ghost cartoon before the movie and a video of the Ramones singing an xmas song. Lots of places to eat around the theater.
Written December 9, 2018
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H2Olvr
Neptune Beach, FL98 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Very cool theater. We will be back. We ate dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood, then enjoyed a movie at Sun Ray. They have a delicious looking menu, so next time we will eat at the cinema. They even have vegan options. We enjoyed beer and wine with the movie. The service was friendly and quick. I like that they didn't serve anything in disposable cups, and I saw the popcorn was in bowls too. The inside is wildly painted and so groovy.
Written August 2, 2017
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Jairo L
Jacksonville, FL47 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Sun Ray is bar none the coolest theatre I've been too. This place two theaters: usually one for whatever's popular at the time and one indie flick. The indie flicks they show are carefully chosen and typically enjoyable.

There are two things that set this cinema apart from any other: unique food options and special events.

As for the food, I LOVE their cheese fries. They have good pizza and sandwiches as well (vegan friendly). The popcorn is unique and tasty too. Not to mention the great craft beer and soda selection.

The special events are awesome. I recently saw an animated flick with the original live band playing the soundtrack. They had a really awesome metal band called Sunn O))) play there recently. They also had a special screening of Donnie Darko with the director in attendance. They also sometimes show the Walking Dead and Jacksonville Jaguars games for free. How cool is that?!

In my opinion Sun Ray is a must-visit. A lot of locals don't even know about this place but it's a Mecca for film nerds and cinema enthusiasts.
Written December 30, 2016
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KMBud
Jacksonville, FL25 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Tons of character and reasonably priced popcorn, pizza, craft beer. More extensive menu, that I have not tried. Went with the family to a matinee showing. Very good service, kids love the comfy chairs and tables for food and drink. Have done this for date nights as well. Very good entertainment for your dollar.
Written July 3, 2016
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Sun-Ray Cinema is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM