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Big concert gatherings might be resuming this year, with at least one big national tour scheduling its kick-off at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville this summer.

Refurbished 'Ghost Seat' Returned To Florida Theatre

Dec 1, 2020
The refurbished "ghost chair" and its companion seat are pictured.
Florida Theatre

Is there a ghost in the Florida Theatre and does it have a favorite seat? If so, the spirit can rest easy.

PBS

The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials are going to air for free on broadcast TV after all – right here on WJCT Public Television.

A giant Etch A Sketch (left) and a look at toys through the decades (right) will be part of MOSH's "Toytopia" exhibit.
The MOSH

What was your favorite toy growing up?

Picture of former Jacksonville Landing lawn
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Downtown Vision wants to scare up some family fun with what it’s calling Halloweek, Oct. 26-30.

38 Special's Facebook page

The Florida Theatre’s management has decided it’s time to get back into the live performances business.

Cinemark Atlantic North XD Theater Approved For East Arlington

Oct 12, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a building permit Oct. 9 for the 14-screen Cinemark theater in the Atlantic North shopping center at northwest Kernan and Atlantic boulevards in East Arlington.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

After it started reopening theatres in August, the parent company of Regal Theatres announced Monday all 536 of its U.S. theatres – including the ones in Jacksonville  –  are closing again, effective Thursday, Oct. 8. 

The Daydream Library Series

Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth, an avant-garde band whose "artful noise" influenced an entire generation of alternative and indie rockers, will release his seventh solo album, By the Fire, Friday, September 25.

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The pandemic has forced the cancellation of another annual event in Jacksonville.

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
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You’ll be able to open the sunroof or drop the top for Jacksonville’s first drive-in country music concert at Lot J at the Downtown Jacksonville sports complex this fall, as country music star Jon Pardi comes to town for an Oct. 10 concert at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, entertainment and arts venues across the country, including several on the First Coast, will be lighting up the night in red to call attention to their financial plight and advocate for economic relief from damage caused by the pandemic.

Like so many arts organizations, The Sarasota Orchestra has had to navigate the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It canceled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season in early April and put the search for a new music director on hold.

CEO Joe McKenna said this isn't like hurricane season, which has a degree of predictability.

DowntownJacksonville.org

The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Jacksonville Wednesday night with a variety of activities.

WJCT archives

In 1938 a live radio play directed and narrated by actor and filmmaker Orson Welles was so realistic that it scared some listeners into believing the world was being invaded by aliens from Mars.

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The Monster Jam monster truck show returns to Jacksonville this weekend for two shows at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events is adding a full-service restaurant, a bar serving beer and wine and up to 50 arcade games at its Jacksonville location.

City of Jacksonville

Hot weather, hot music and an extra day off for many adds up to plenty of entertainment opportunities across the First Coast over the Memorial Day weekend. 

MOSH

From comics and movies to the campy Batman TV series of the 1960s, the history of superheroes will be on display beginning Saturday at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History.

Business Brief: Entertainment Boom A Sign Of A Healthy Jacksonville Economy

Sep 14, 2018
Cathey standing in front of "Smash" sign.
Karen Mathis / Jacksonville Daily Record

Northeast Florida is seeing a boom in new entertainment venues.

As Jacksonville Daily Record editor Karen Mathis tells WJCT’s Jessica Palombo, that’s a sign of a healthy economy.

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Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville is the site of the city’s first Hispanic Heritage Celebration this weekend.

Cher is one busy lady.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

First Coast Connect is hitting the road for Friday morning’s episode.

City of Jacksonville

All of the rain in the forecast is expected to make for a wet Jazz Festival this weekend.

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Although it’s not officially part of this weekend’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Landing has plenty of live  music planned for the holiday weekend.

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Whether your mom is into golf, funk or art, there’s plenty to do around the First Coast this weekend.

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Elton John has announced his farewell tour, and the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena has made the list.

@SanMarcoTrain on Twitter

Recently a lively voice popped up on Jacksonville’s Twitter scene that takes potshots at politicians, sports figures, media folks, and yes,  the infamous San Marco train crossing.

TheBigTicketFest.com

The Big Ticket 2017 concert and festival scheduled for December 1 is being moved from Metropolitan Park to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

A wide variety of First Coast cultural and entertainment attractions are teaming up to offer kids free admission during the month of November.

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