Palms 8 Theatre
Babcock Street and Laurie Street,
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This theatre was built on a former drive-in lot located at the intersection of Babcock Street and Laurie Street in Eau Gallie (now Melbourne, FL). It opened as a single screen in 1963. It became a five-plex December 24, 1978. Parking lot featured a curved space layout with far more capacity than needed for the multiplex (only ½ of those spaces were maintained or lit by light posts at night), hinting at its drive-in roots. It became 8 screens May 18, 1984.
Nothing very remarkable about the building itself. It was very large from the outside. Peach-beige paint color. Inside, the lobby split in three directions: on the left it led to restrooms and at least two screens, straight ahead was a gaming area for kids, down the main hall put you past concessions and to the right led to the other six screens.
This theatre operated until the mid or late-1990’s. It was then closed down and abandoned until the building and lot were razed in the early-2000’s to make way for a public road to be put through it to connect Ballard Drive and Babcock Street more directly.
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