The Sun-Ray Cinema at 5 Points, formerly known as Riverside Theater and 5 Points Theatre, is a historic single-screen movie theater. It originally opened March 1927 in the Five Points district of the Riverside and Avondale neighborhood. It was the first theater in Florida to show “talkies.” The mix of typical & atypical offerings in food, beer and wine are priced competitively against the big multiplexes. Screenings offer first run theatrical releases, and sometimes this is the only venue in town showing a current independent film or documentary. Sun-Ray Cinema also rotates in classic films and special events. The past few weeks they have been offering free screenings of "Breaking Bad" as episodes air live on AMC.
This TV Examiner flubbed his attempt to write a complete review of my experience undercover on Sunday, August 25th. However, I am recommending this weekly event. Sun-Ray Cinema says of themselves on their website “… combines the distinctive experience of a classic, single screen cinema with the amenities modern moviegoers have come to expect.” I’m not arguing.
Showtime is 9 PM. I’d get there 20 minutes or more ahead to ensure a seat and to try some unique offerings from the concession stand. The more people hear about it, and the closer we get to the "Breaking Bad" series finale, the quicker I expect seats to go for this free event. You can purchase a drink ticket in advance to ensure a seat. Due to my fault alone and not Sun-Ray’s, this option didn't work for me but I got there just early enough to grab a seat. If you see a line, double check if it is for the concession stand or to get into the screening as this was not clear to me or several people standing in said line.