Palms 8 Theatre
Babcock Street and Laurie Street,
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Previously operated by: Kent Theatres Inc.
Previous Names: Palms Theatre
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 the single screen Palms Theatre on December 23, 1962 with William Holden in “The Lion”. 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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