Van Croix Theater

1111 E. New Haven Avenue,
Melbourne, FL 32901

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Alexlm
Alexlm on July 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

Hello! I am doing some research on my late father who lived in the Melbourne area after the Korean War. He was stationed at Patrick AFB and lived in the area in the mid to late 1950’s. He once told me a story of how he painted a scene from Davy Crockett which was auctioned off at a local theater during the premiere of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. I’m assuming it was for the Van Croix theater since it was the only one int he area in the mid 50’s. I know this is a long shot but was hoping someone would remember this premier and remember the painting my dad did. Thanks!

jhuss1256
jhuss1256 on January 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

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.

jhuss1256
jhuss1256 on January 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

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!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The December 16, 1974, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the Van Croix Theatre was being demolished to make way for a parking lot to serve Flagship Bank of Melbourne. It also said that the theater had been opened in 1925.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 16, 2008 at 8:15 am

In 1963 the Van Croix was part of Kent Theaters, headquartered in Vero Beach. President was Fred Kent.

Kimball
Kimball on June 27, 2007 at 11:01 am

Thanks, Tolover. It’s good to know the organ is still in one piece and being used.

jrhine
jrhine on June 21, 2007 at 3:15 pm

WurliTzer Opus 958
STATUS INST LOCATION CITY STATE COUNTRY
SD A VAN CROIX TH MELBOURNE FL USA
SD B COCOA BEACH FL USA
SD C ARTHUR STOPES BRADENTON FL USA
OK D CHURCH BRADENTON FL USA

Kimball
Kimball on May 5, 2007 at 3:48 am

Thanks for that at least. I haven’t been able to locate any further information on this instrument. I suspect it may have met the fate of many other theatre organs, most likely parted out.

Thanks for the response.

Kimball
Kimball on May 4, 2007 at 5:48 am

Does anyone know what ever happened to the Wurlitzer pipe organ that was once in this theatre? I’m trying to compile a history of theatre organs in Florida and I’m looking for information on the pipe organ in this particular theatre.

I believe the organ was an eight-rank instrument.

Also, if someone could provide me with the location where this theatre was located, that would help me greatly.