Palms 8 Theater
Intersection of Ballard Drive and Laurie Street,
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This theater was built on a former drive-in theater lot located at Ballard Drive and Laurie Street in Melbourne, FL. Original construction and operating dates unknown but it operated from at least 1985— very likely earlier. 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.
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 theater 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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