Melbourne Outdoor Theatre

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

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Previously operated by: Kent Theatres Inc.

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Melbourne Outdoor Theatre

The Melbourne Outdoor Theatre opened on March 3, 1955 with Mark Stevens in “Mutiny” & Ted Cooper in “Phantom From Space”. It had a car capacity of 300 cars. This drive-in was owned by Kent Theatres.

The drive-in closed in February 1976 and has since been demolished.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

irvl on December 7, 2011 at 11:58 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?

jhuss1256 on January 7, 2012 at 8:50 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!

projectionist1 on February 20, 2013 at 8:06 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.

markp on February 20, 2013 at 8:25 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.

DavidZornig on March 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

1965 print ad added, courtesy of the Melbourne & Melhi Memories-Melbourne Florida Facebook page.

DavidZornig on March 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm

I found reference of a Gem Theatre that was opened on New Haven Avenue in 1914 by J.B. Johnston, and was sold in 1916 to former first Melbourne Mayor Charles John Frazier Campbell. It was still in existence in 1924, the date of a photo I saved from the Melbourne & Melhi Memories-Melbourne Florida Facebook page. I’m looking for confirmation that it ever showed films, before I add a page for it to CT. Please respond back here if anyone finds anything further.

audirs5 on February 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

The map that you have for this theater is incorrect. If you expand the map, the correct location is where the “ME” of Melbourne Court is, to the east of the mall. I should know; I lived there for 20 years. I previously posted as raceday6, but could not login.

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Drive-In 54 on February 24, 2018 at 3:45 pm

That is the correct address for it. Don’t go by the little Google map. Click on it and go to the Google map page itself.

moviejs1944 on February 8, 2020 at 9:28 am

It actually opened on 3/8/55 and closed in February 1976. At least that’s when the ads stopped. I visited the site the other day, on 2/2/2020, and it’s behind the Autozone on Highway 192, just east of the Mall. Take the side road that runs north by the autoparts store, and you’ll find…condos! What else? Nothing remains that I could see.

davidcoppock on March 31, 2020 at 3:58 am

Opened with “Mutiny” and “Phantom from space”.

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