SPACE COAST HISTORY: Do You Remember Drive-In Theaters in Brevard County?

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Brevard's Drive-In's remembered

This advertisement from the Causeway Drive in Theater in Merritt Island lists Clint Eastwood movies and other classic films tthat were popular during the peak era of drive in theaters. (Image courtesy of Patricia South Wild)

This advertisement from the Causeway Drive in Theater in Merritt Island lists Clint Eastwood movies and other classic films tthat were popular during the peak era of drive in theaters. (Image courtesy of Patricia South Wild)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – For many decades, drive-in movie theaters were among the most popular choices for American entertainment.

The Causeway Drive in was conveniently located next to an indoor theater named "The Barn Theater." (Image courtesy of Georgie Rockwood)

The Causeway Drive in was conveniently located next to an indoor theater named “The Barn Theater.” (Image courtesy of Georgie Rockwood)

On the Space Coast, several theaters offered the traditional drive in setup, with a large outdoor projection screen and the stereo speaker posts.

From classics like Tarzan to double-feature specials starring acting icons such as Clint Eastwood, the drive in theater was a favorite destination for film fanatics of all ages.

In Merritt Island, the Causeway Diner was conveniently located off of 520, in the heart of the island. It was located next to a indoor theater known as the Barn Theater.

This sign for Andy's Auto Repair & the Hidden Reef was the original sign for Vanguard Drive in, in Cocoa. (Image courtesy of Georgie Rockwood)

This sign for Andy’s Auto Repair & the Hidden Reef was the original sign for Vanguard Drive in, in Cocoa. (Image courtesy of Georgie Rockwood)

In Cocoa, the Vanguard Drive in was located off of U.S. 1,  north of state road 528. Today, the only remaining artifact from the Vanguard Drive In is a sign for an auto repair shop and an aquarium.

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A movie program for a Clint Eastwood movie at the Causeway Drive In.


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