Palms 8 Theater

Intersection of Ballard Drive and Laurie Street,
Melbourne, FL 32935

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1962 image courtesy of Walter Gregg Young II.

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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.

Contributed by Craig Weinstein

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fred1
fred1 on December 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Was this ever a Womecto theater?

Craigfilm
Craigfilm on January 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

Addendum: Palms 8 Theater was purchased by the City of Melbourne in 2001 and razed for redevelopment within that same year. Fred— Supposedly this was a “Kent” theater in a chain. There was a Satellite Beach Kent, and the three others were “NASA”, “BREVARD” and “PALMS 5”. I am not sure which name this one carried. Probably one of the latter two.

jhuss1256
jhuss1256 on January 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

. 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.

jhuss1256
jhuss1256 on August 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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.

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