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
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