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They were Kent theaters. There was no NASA Theater in Melbourne!
Growing up in the 60’s-80’s we had The Van Croix Theater on US 1, then the Palms. they were the only indoor theaters in Mewlbourne,. The we had two Drive-In’s, The Brevard Drive-In right next door to the Palms which was originnaly a one screen theater and the Melbourne Drive-In even though it was in West Melbourne.
This was primarily and XX rated Drive In. I remember seeing “Flesh Gordon” here in 1974. Mostly soft core from what I had heard!
. I went to the Palms Theater in the 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s. I remember that in 1969 I saw “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “Battle for Britain”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “True Grit” “Tora, Tora, Tora”, Kelly Heroes’” and many other great films there when it was a one screen and a two screen theater! I know it was open in the 60’s as a huge one screen Theater. It basically put the Van Croix out of Business when it expanded! I remember when the Brevard Drive-In closed they expanded to 6 screens if I remember right. I wasn’t in Melbourne when it closed. It was fun to go there, you had Dog’s and Suds and Jerry’s Pizza Palace across the street to get food before or after the films.
The Van Croix Theater was on US 1 in old downtown on US 1 in Melbourne, Fl. 32902. It originally opened in 1925; this was the only theater in Melbourne until the early 1960’s (1 screen, 747 seats). I remember seeing Disney’s “Snow White” “Puss-n-Boot, “Flipper” and many more here as a child. I saw my first R rated movie with my dad “C.C. and Company” with Joe Namath and Ann Margret. It was owned by the Van Croix family. Loved the balcony and the old style marquee street side and the simplicity of the snack bar and whole theater! It was demolished in December 1974.
The address that Chuck1231 is way off. The Van Croix Theatre was located on US 1 next to the Melbourne Hotel that was located on the corner of New Haven Ave. and US 1. The Bank of Melbourene was located south of the Melbourne Hotel on New Haven. Huggins Hardware was west of the Melbourne Hotel behind the theatre. All of this was located east of the RR tracks!
I remember it had a little playground back by the concession stand! It was all dirt parking areas. There were huge pine trees in front of the place. It was just west of Evans Road on 192! Your map pin is way off!
Eau Gallie and Melbourne Florida Merged in 1969 as Melbourne, Florida. It was used as Parking for the Palms Theater after it closed. It was a cleaner place as it was all paved were the other drive-in the Melbourne Outdoor Theater was all dirt parking! Brevard had tall pine trees and chained link fence that surrounded it! It was fun to go there, You had Dog’s and Suds and Jerry’s Pizza Palace across the street to get food before or after the films.