Frankenstein will be there. So will Batman, Spider-Man, Dr. Zaius, and Yongary the Monster from the Deep. If it's old fashioned, fantastic, and a little bit kitschy, chances are it's going to be represented. From toys to comic books to movie posters, Retr-O-Rama celebrates the science fiction and fantasy of yesteryear. Co-founder Dan Tuchmann loves classic toys and collectibles, but he "found that dealers were growing tired of all the rules, regulations, and fees associated with eBay and they really missed the days of in person shows.? That's why Retr-O-Rama was created, and today it serves as place not just for buyers to make informed purchases, but for like-minded individuals to share their passion, make friends, and start arguments over whether "Biff!" or "Bopp!" is a more appropriate sound effect when throwing a punch.
In the center of Jacksonville’s southside neighborhood lies Cinemark Tinseltown, a twenty-screen megaplex movie house that is widely considered one of the best places in town to take in a flick. With outdoor walk-up ticket windows, an electronic ticket kiosk inside and large lobby area to welcome visitors, the sprawling complex makes every attempt to attend to their guests. A plentiful parking lot helps in that regard, as does the main concession stand, outfitted with all manner of movietime snacks or heartier fast meals. Every theater offers stadium seating and offered in supple leather, meaning even spots close to the screen are a luxury. Movie posters and the typical red hallway carpeting give off a luxe theater experience, rounding out the large, stately feel at Cinemark Tinseltown.
Jackrabbits, one of Jacksonville’s primary downtown live music venues, is an intimate home for local and national bands like The Hives, Slightly Stoopid, Incubus and many others. The newly renovated bar area serves beer and wine only – though the selection, while focused, features many otherwise hard-to-find craft brews. Though this venue can get quite crowded depending on the act, tickets are reasonably priced and guests can always get an up close and personal experience, thanks to the limited floor space. The nondescript entrance can be hard to spot, as it’s little more than a gray door with the name Jack Rabbits scrawled across. The décor is typical dive bar, dark and grayish with sturdy seating, while most of the focus is on the stage, where lighting and sound are top-notch.
Tired of the vulgar material found at most venues, the owners of the Comedy Club of Jacksonville open their stage to comedians without mile-long blue streaks. The club rates each standup on a G–R scale, with most comics falling under PG-13 language or soft-R content. This thoughtfulness even extends to the kitchen, where the proprietors try to avoid fried foods in favor of a char-broiler that fires up tasty kabobs and provides ashes for applying funny fake mustaches.