The Gate River Run is a Jacksonville staple that celebrated its 40th anniversary in March 2017. The run is a 15K (9.4 miles) through downtown and some of Jacksonville’s great historic neighborhoods. It’s a challenging run with two bridges, the second of which is known as the “Green Monster,” the steepest ascent in the city. The Green Monster is toward the end of the run, in the last mile and a half, just when those legs (or at least mine) begin to feel like jello. Runners enjoy live music along the route, and people often turn the event into a block party to cheer people on as they make their way through the neighborhoods.
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.