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The Sun-Ray Cinema at 5 Points, formerly known as Riverside Theater and 5 Points Theatre, is a historic two-screen movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida.[2] The first theater in Florida equipped to show talking pictures, it opened in March 1927 in the Five Points district of the Riverside and Avondale neighborhood.

Sun-Ray Cinema
1927-1982 Riverside Theater
1984-1991 River City Playhouse
1991-2004 Club 5 Nightclub
2008-2011 5 Points Theatre
2011-present Sun-Ray Cinema at 5 Points
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Sun-Ray Cinema is located in Central Jacksonville
Sun-Ray Cinema
Sun-Ray Cinema
Location within Central Jacksonville
Sun-Ray Cinema is located in Florida
Sun-Ray Cinema
Sun-Ray Cinema
Sun-Ray Cinema (Florida)
Address1028 Park Street
Jacksonville, Florida
United States
OwnerMike Shad (building)
Tim Massett (theater)
OperatorTim Massett
Capacity200[1]
Current useMovie theater
Construction
OpenedMarch 1, 1927; 92 years ago (1927-03-01)
Rebuilt2004-2008 historic restoration
ArchitectRoy Benjamin
Website
Sun Ray Cinema

HistoryEdit

Sun-Ray Cinema opened in 2011, when the Five Points area was struggling as a center for Riverside and Avondale. There were 13 empty retail spaces when Sun-Ray opened. The operator of the business previously in the building closed that same year, three months before Sun-Ray opened.

The building was updated and modernized after a failed attempt to do by previous operators. [3]

 
Sun-Ray Cinema in 2014

Present dayEdit

The show schedule features new releases, lesser-known movies and cult films.[1] In addition to traditional movie fare plus beer and wine, they also serve sandwiches, hummus, site-made pizza with unusual toppings (such as kimchi,  sauerkraut and sriracha sauce) and baked goods.[4] The theatre expanded its capacity, adding a second auditorium in 2014.[5]

In 2016, PETA ranked Sun-Ray Cinema as the number one theater for people who do not eat animal products, since the menu includes multiple vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.[6]


Sun-Ray Cinema has announced plans to expand, adding a second location in the Jacksonville area in early 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sun-Ray Cinema". Florida Trend. March 22, 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ [1] Waymarking, Five Points Theater, Jacksonville
  3. ^ Soergel, Matt (October 18, 2011) "Renovation of Jacksonville's 5 Points Theatre could be ready by Dec. 1". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Menu". Sun-Ray Cinema. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  5. ^ Gibbons, Timothy (January 14, 2014) "Second screen for Riverside's Sun-Ray Cinema". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Jacksonville's Sun-Ray Cinema Nationally Recognized For Vegan Eats WJCT, January 22, 2016.

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