Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Avenue,
Cocoa, FL 32922

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1920's image courtesy of Walter Gregg Young II.

The Aladdin Theatre opened on August 18, 1924. It was equipped with a Barton 2 manual organ. By 1936 it had been renamed State Theatre and was operated by E.J. Sparks, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. By 1953 it was operated by the Talgar Theatre Company chain. It was closed by 1956. Later reopened as an art house cinema, it was renamed Fine Arts Cinema which operated into the 1960’s.

Several owners and several decades later, the building was purchased by the City of Cocoa and renamed the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

The theatre was used as a location when it was named Key West Strand Theatre for the 1993 movie “Matinee” starring John Goodman.

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teecee on February 23, 2005 at 9:46 pm

Large historic photo at this link:

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Listing should be updated to Italian Renaissance style. P. Thornton Marye, architect. 4 stories. Concrete slab foundation. Flat ceramic roof. Restored in the 1980s to its original appearance.

DonM435 on May 4, 2005 at 6:33 pm

Seen in exterior shots in the film Matinee.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2005 at 6:47 pm

That is correct lostmemory;
Listed as the State Theatre in Film Daily Yearbooks that I have 1941-1950 editions.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2005 at 6:52 pm

Operated as the State Theatre during the 1940’s by Paramount Pictures Inc through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks.

Keiko on June 26, 2007 at 11:03 am

In 2002, InterAmerica Stage, Inc. was contracted to provide a new stage rigging system, including all required structural additions and reinforcements. TLC engineering was engaged by IAstage to provide the engineering services. A new operating gallery/loading bridge along with grid and head steel additions were required to install a counterweight fly system. IAstage also provided rigging for the FOH lighting trusses. The main drape is very attractive, it looks like a Contour or Austrian curtain but is actually flown in and out as a guillotine. The curtain was designed and manufactured at IAstage’s shop in Sanford.


georgie on November 9, 2007 at 1:30 pm

what an awesome theatre !!!! i was part of the “Village Players” in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.
we did Jesus Christ Superstar in 1978/79 for 2 years in a row & it was a sell out on all its runs.
that show really got the ball rolling again for the playhouse.
the next thing we did was West Side Story in 1980.
i’d love to share memories with anyone about those shows etc…

jrhine on March 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm

An earlier comment said the theater was restored to its original appearance. I was in the theater this past weekend and the only decorative elements in the auditorium are the proscenium and then another arch further into the auditorium on the other side of what might have been organ screens. The rest of the theater was painted a light color and there were no other visible decorations. I would suspect that the original 1924 appearance would have included more decoration. I have not been able to find any pictures of the interior of the auditorium.

According to www.historiccocoavillage.com/history.php?mod=601 during the 60’s this theater was the Fine Arts.

The City of Cocoa sold the theater for $1 to Brevard Community College in 1984 for $1.

Is there any infromation on the organ that might have been in this theater?

DavidZornig on March 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm

1955 photo added as the State Theatre, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

irvl on June 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

Back when the State Theatre was a movie house, there were circuit breakers backstage for an organ. The American Theatre Organ Society may have information on what kind of organ was once located in the theatre.

DavidAE on June 6, 2017 at 12:10 am

http://barton.theatreorgans.com/cgi-bin/db2net.exe lists a Robert-Morton 2 manual of unknown size with W. T. Bryan as the location in 1925.

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