Sun-Ray Cinema – A locally owned movie house located in the heart of Five Points that boasts two screens. The Sun-Ray is a hip joint that serves up art house and classic films as well as mega-hit movies. You can order a variety of foods and drinks right to your seat, ranging from fries and pizza to popcorn and vegan sandwiches. They also serve local beers and a variety of old candy standbys. Seating in the theaters is comfortable, and there are couches in the lobby to sit on while you wait for your showing. It is the ideal place to go for a midnight movie, a television show premier, dinner and a movie, or a matinee of the newest action film. Fans of Japanese animation should keep up with this theater’s calendar of events because it often shows new animes and fan-favorite masterpieces (with the option to watch the film with subtitles or with the English dub).
San Marco Theatre – This locally owned movie theatre, built with art deco elements from the 1930s, is located in the heart of San Marco Square. The theatre has two screens, one for main attractions and the other for smaller shows. The seats are comfortable and nicely spaced with tables every two seats, to allow for food and drinks. Oh, that’s the best part; they have hot sandwiches, pizza, wine, and local beer, not just popcorn and soda. Enjoy a bit of local history while enjoying a first-run movie.
There are six Metro Diner locations around Jacksonville that feed most of the city’s major neighborhoods. Diners can enjoy their favorite Metro menu items at the original diner in San Marco or at the locations in Ortega, the Beaches, Mandarin, Baymeadows, and Ponte Vedra. In recent years they have expanded beyond Jacksonville, but they are a mainstay in the Jax food-scene. They have been featured on the Food Network. Whether you live locally or are passing through and just have to try its TV-famous menu, you will be served great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect a bit of a wait for a table, unless you’re happy to eat outside (which is our favorite place to eat, under the oaks in San Marco). Bring your appetite or carry home your leftovers. Everything we’ve ever had at Metro has been great, but a few of our family favorites are the fried chicken and waffles (try it with the maple syrup/hot sauce combo, above), big fish sandwich, yo’hala on the square, and huevos rancheros.