Brook Arts Center

10 Hamilton Street,
Bound Brook, NJ 08805

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit

Architects: William E. Lehman

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Brook Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 732.469.7700

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Brook Arts Center

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. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 4 ranks organ. 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.

The original Wurlitzer organ was removed from the building in 1985. It was closed as a movie theatre on November 2, 1986 with Tom Hanks in “Nothing in Common”. Renovations were carried out and a month later it reopened as a performing arts center. In 1997 the Wurlitzer 3 manual 10 ranks organ from the Pascack Theatre, Westwood, NJ was installed in the theatre. 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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djben1 on July 30, 2010 at 5:12 am

as of 7/29/2010
Phone: 732-469-7700
10 Hamilton Street
Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805
Board Members
Curt Schmidt, Secretary
Maria Leamy, Treasurer
Elaine Garza
Donald Kalbach
Beverly Pranzatelli
Sybil Kern

djben1 on July 30, 2010 at 5:13 am

Contribute to the Restoration

A contribution to the Brook will help restore the Theatre to its original Victorian glory and provide quality entertainment, cultural, and educational programming for all ages.

Financial support of the Brook Theatre through the Somerset County Cultural Arts Center, Inc., from individuals, businesses, foundations, and government is critical
to the restoration and programming initiatives of the Theatre.

As a 501©(3) non-profit organization in the early stages of development, contributions provide a majority of the income for the Theatre. Support of the efforts of the Board will allow the Brook to become the finest and most beautiful venue of the arts and education in New Jersey.

ALL MAIL OR Contributions may be mailed to:

Somerset County Cultural Arts Center, Inc.
Post Office Box 387, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805

Brook Theatre is located at:
10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805
Phone: 732-469-7700

KennyT on November 25, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2pm – 10pm

School of Rock – Benefit Concert at the Brook Theater

Live music from local bands, School of Rock All-Stars, Static, Adam Holzman, Jane Getter, Jimmy Gnecco, Anton Fig and more…

RockCANRoll is collecting non-perishable food items.

$15.00 advance & door
$10.00 children & seniors
$10.00 group purchase (10+)

Ticket information is available by calling 732-469-7700
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Tickets also available at Mama Rosina’s Restaurant at the Bound Brook Train Station

markp on September 8, 2013 at 12:32 am

Worked here as a projectionist in 1992.

markp on August 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Anything going on with this place?? Shows, movies etc?

walterk on August 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm

markp, here’s a link to their website and upcoming events. Not very busy right now, but up and running they are.

rivest266 on October 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Reopened on March 27th, 1963. Its grand reopening ad can be found in the photo section.

rivest266 on August 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm

This opened on January 19th, 1927. Article below:

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DavidZornig on September 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Circa 1950 photo added via Raymond Storey.

50sSNIPES on May 26, 2024 at 7:55 pm

The Brook Theater closed as a first-run movie theater on November 2, 1986 with “Nothing In Common” due to a one-month renovation which led to a reopening as a performing arts house the following month.

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