Melbourne Outdoor Theatre

1400 W. New Haven Avenue,
West Melbourne, FL 32904

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markp
markp on February 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

projectionist1, dying??? Its dead. I am a projectionist in New Jersey of 37 years. My deceased father was also a projectionist for over 55 years. Although our work was mostly indoor theatres, I have many fond memories too. Today I work in the last 6 plex still running 35mm until later this year when it goes all digital. Then I will only get work once a month or so in theatres doing film festivals and such. My main work these days is as a stagehand. The union up here tries to keep me busy. Its very sad how our profession has been destroyed over the years.

projectionist1
projectionist1 on February 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

I was a projectionist at this theatre from 1970 to 1972. I maintained the projection equipment and repaired the field speakers as well. I also worked many years as projectionist at the Brevard drive in, Palms theatre and Satellite theatre. My boss at the Satellite lived behind the Melbourne Outdoor theatre in a trailer. I remember going to the Melbourne outdoor back in the 50’s when my dad was projectionist. I miss the projectionist profession and am sorry to see that it is dying.

jhuss1256
jhuss1256 on January 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

I remember it had a little playground back by the concession stand! It was all dirt parking areas. There were huge pine trees in front of the place. It was just west of Evans Road on 192! Your map pin is way off!

irvl
irvl on December 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

Yes, Ken, I visited your family several times when you lived behind the drive-in. It was probably a location not conducive to making friends when you were a kid. Right?

raceday6
raceday6 on September 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I used to actually live in this drive-in. My father was a manager for Kent Theaters (Van Croix and Satellite). We lived in a trailer behind the concession stand. The drive-in closed in ‘78 when they were widening 192.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 29, 2011 at 7:39 am

Drive-ins.com indicates this drive-in was on US 192. Also, the address in the heading maps to the location of the Brevard Drive-In in Eau Gallie, which is not in West Melbourne.

My suggestion is to use “U.S. 192, West Melbourne, FL” as an address, until a more specific address is found.