Brook Arts Center
10 Hamilton Street,
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Brook Arts Center (Official)
Previously operated by: Fox Circuit
Architects: William E. Lehman
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Brook Theatre
The Brook Theatre opened January 19, 1927 as a vaudeville house, originally with about 1,250 seats. Features a full proscenium stage with five floors of dressing rooms, an orchestra pit and a large chorus room under the stage. The theatre fronts on Hamilton Street with a large sloped floor lobby that leads to a spacious inner lobby. The theatre itself is behind the Morecraft building, parallel to Hamilton Street.
Since flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in September, 1999, the main auditorium was closed to the public. The Brook Arts Center, Inc. purchased the building in 2003 with funding provided by the NJ EDA. The US EDA is providing $2.4M in funding for renovations set to begin in January, 2004. The theatre was due to reopen late in 2004 with 475 seats. It fully reopened with approximately 1,000 seats in September 2009.
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