Van Croix Theatre

21 Main Street,
Titusville, FL 32796

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The Van Croix Theatre was an early silent theatre. The following is a quote from the local historical society’s walking tour guide:

"The Van Croix Theatre opened in 1926 and featured silent movies. Later abandoned, it was reconstructed by WPA workers in 1939 and used as a high school basketball gym and community center."

I’m unsure if the 1939 construction replaced the 1926 building or just modified it.

Contributed by Andy

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irvl
irvl on April 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

This one was really news to me. I knew there was a Van Croix Theatre in Melbourne, but not Titusville. Undoubtedly built and owned by the same family. To my knowledge the Magnolia was Titusville’s only theatre. Is the old Van Croix building still standing.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

According to theaterorgans.com, a Wurlitzer organ was shipped to this theater in 1926 which was later repossessed and installed in a church in Windsor, Ontario.

irvl
irvl on April 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Interesting comment on the organ. A theatre organist friend of mine, Walter Kimble, began his career as a very young man playing the organ at the Magnolia Theatre in Titusville. Also, per the 1944 FILM DAILY YEARBOOK OF MOTION PICTURES, Titusville had two movie theatres—the Alamo and the Magnolia, both with 400 seats. The Alamo is listed as closed.

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