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Sun-Ray Cinema, which has hosted pop-up drive-in movies at several locations during the pandemic, has decided the time is right for a permanent Jacksonville drive-in theater.


Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local attorney John Phillips about the dropping of charges against former JSO officer Timothy James in the beating of handcuffed teen Elias Campos. Phillips represents Campos (01:12).  

Our latest segment of Art Attack featured:

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein about a plan to build a new hotel and convention center in downtown Jacksonville (01:06).   

Kevin Venardos joined us to talk about The Venardos Circus, which is coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheater later this month (36:47).   

We were joined by film writer and director Royce Freeman, cinematographer Daniel Andujar and actress Jessica Lamb about their film In Utero (46:00).  

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard about the documentary “Whose Streets?” and an upcoming panel discussion on the film with Director of African-American/African Diaspora studies at the University of North Florida Tru Leverette, former Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, Jacksonville activist Diallou Sekou and event moderator Shelton Hull (00:58). Director of Development with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Ryan Ali and Gwen Gallagher Howard of the Jax Civic Orchestra talked about a grant from the PNC Foundation Arts Alive program awarded to four Jacksonville arts organizations (32:46), and travel blogger Judy Wells told us about affordable cruises (40:14)  

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Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville’s Five Points area is having its first-ever Sleeping Giant film festival, which runs through Sunday.

Visitors can expect screenings of everything from horror movies to westerns. Some of the movies showing at the four-day festival include: “The Unknown,” “Serial Mom,” “Rat Film,” “Donnie Darko,” “The Void,” “Dark Side of Dr. Suess” and “Tampopo.”

Film Festival to Raise Money for St. Johns River

Jun 28, 2016
St Johns Riverkeeper

A film festival planned this summer will raise money to keep the St. Johns River clean and healthy.

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The animal-rights group PETA ranks Sun-Ray Cinema the No. 1 theater in the country for patrons who don’t eat animal products.


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If the true-crime podcast “Serial” is any indication, reality can be just as entertaining as fiction. That’s the hope, anyway, behind a new Jacksonville film festival made up entirely of documentaries.

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens this weekend. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Jacksonville's Sun-Ray Cinema invited guests to attend in costume.

The new film American Made Movie explores the decline in America’s manufacturing workforce.

That decline has had a devastating effect on our economy, but it’s the stories of communities and families around this trend that reveal the harshest costs, say the filmmakers.

For many Americans it feels like in today’s global economy, no one is fighting for American jobs - especially manufacturing jobs.