Brook Theatre

3839-49 Flatlands Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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Louella
Louella on October 12, 2005 at 1:19 pm

Unlike most of the other Brooklyn theaters, the Brook was built after WW2. It opened, in the Spring of 1951 when I was a senior at Madison HS. The first picture to be shown was a film version of “Macbeth”. I remember that special tickets were sold in English classes at Madison. If you went to see the film, you got extra credit. Of Course I went! (I didn’t like the film)
Karl

JakeGittes
JakeGittes on July 3, 2005 at 2:45 pm

Worked here as manager between Summer of ‘80 and Winter of '81. Surprised that theatre was only 30 years old at time. Looked like it had seen better days . Was told at time that Brook and Marine theatre (around corner at intersection of Flatbush and Kings Hway shared a heating system when both were in operation. After engagement of “Empire Strikes Back” theatre struggled and eventually reverted to a subrun dollar policy. Policy drew crowds- “Caddyshack” and “Dressed to Kill” are two titles that caused lines and balcony to be opened. Don’t know when or why end eventually came but building is now used for insurance offices. Apartment building adjacent to theatre on Flatlands and Flatbush collapse due to water damage several years ago. School across street, St Thomas Aquinas, was closed by Bklyn Diocese last month. Neighborhood was very vibrant up until early 80’s.

TomKelly
TomKelly on May 3, 2005 at 10:01 pm

I was the asst manager of the Brook Theater in the late 50s. Busines for a small theater in the Century chain was always at the top of sales. The work crew at this theater was second to none. If problems arose at the Marine my crew would go and get it solved. In all the years I have been gone from the theater, my memories are still fond of the Brook and its wonderful staff from 1957 to 1960.. I became a Doctor and spent 31 years in the military and working in West Africa and Eastern Europe but my fondest memories have been and always will be the little Brook Theater…

Theaterat
Theaterat on April 19, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Gustavelifting…. I did not think so at the time!

uncleal923
uncleal923 on April 19, 2005 at 4:33 am

Despite the typos, thata was a cuta story sure as theaters have popcorna

Theaterat
Theaterat on April 18, 2005 at 11:14 pm

TYPOS Above. Nor did I ever go back to the Brook!

Theaterat
Theaterat on April 18, 2005 at 11:06 pm

Even though the Brook was a very nice Deco drsign theater, I remember it for a very bifferent reason. In the summer of 77. I had a few dates with a girl who lived in the area. I really did not like her very much, so I was looking to dump her.We wnnt to the Brook to see NEW YORK NEW YORK, a real stinkeroo of a movie with Di Niro and Liza Minelli.No sooner were in then came her mother! The mother was a typical old Italian woman from the other side with the black dress and the “horns”.She started to yell and scream at her daughter. Then she turned to me and said “ I dont wanna my daughter to go outa with a Jew” I told her take it easy, Im aot Jewish. I am Italian and Irish. Even if I were Jewish, what difference would that make I said. The mother than started to slap me and said “ you gotta no respect, ypu gotta no respect. I knowa some powerful peopla and Im a gonna tell them about you” in her broken English. She smacked her daughter and dragged her out of the theater. I was so humiliated and embarassed that I just wanted to crawl in some hole and die right there, Needless to say, I never dated this girl again..

RobertR
RobertR on November 23, 2004 at 1:37 am

My friend who lived nearby said she does not think this theatre ever did real good business. Does anyone know? It was a very nice place and was well maintained.

Nitebeat
Nitebeat on November 22, 2004 at 11:53 pm

Regarding the previous post, I was referring to the MARINE theatre where the Munsters had parked!

Nitebeat
Nitebeat on November 22, 2004 at 11:52 pm

Back in the mid 60s I saw the “stars” of ‘The Munsters’ who had parked their TV car in front of the theatre. I don’t remember the occasion but I surmise it must have been promoting a movie about them or something. Anyone remember this and the occasion??? I also remember going across the street to Luigi’s Italian restaurant for a tasty dinner and I often shopped at Mac’s Mens shop up the block, Anyone remember all of this???

uncleal923
uncleal923 on November 16, 2004 at 4:32 am

I was at the Brook to see the rerelease of Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. I also attended a play group at Saint Thomas Aquinas, which was across the street. While that movie was playing we would see the crowd in front of the theater. People passed me off when I said that many of them were dog lovers (I was nine, so I thought I knew more than I did).

JoeR
JoeR on June 2, 2004 at 10:09 pm

I worked there while in high school in 1968-69. I remember seeing the Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, The April Fools with Jack Lemmon and seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ( a popular kids movie) more times than any human should endure. I also remember going around the corner to the Marine to see The Sand Pebbles(for free, of course). I also think I remember the mgmt circulating a petition to stop cable tv.
Joe R

Orlando
Orlando on May 7, 2004 at 5:12 pm

The Marine closed to be sold to the bank on the corner for a parking lot, not because of insurance. Century still had the Brook around the corner. I remember seeing this theatre being demolished. The sun streamed into the salmon colored auditorium walls as it was razed. The two store fronts survived the demolition and the lobby was rebuilt into another storefront.

RobertR
RobertR on January 29, 2004 at 5:00 pm

I saw Cabaret here, a family friend lived around the corner and she went to this theatre all the time. I remember it then as being a very nice spacious Centurys house. Too bad it’s gone now, I think Centurys chose to just ass more screens to Kings Plaza which is a few blocks away.

DavidM
DavidM on January 10, 2004 at 7:02 pm

The Brook and Marine Theaters were both owned by Century Theaters.

William
William on November 15, 2003 at 12:39 am

The Brook Theatre was located at 3839-49 Flatlands Ave. and it seated 1460 people.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on November 13, 2002 at 7:50 pm

I recently went past it, and it’s still an Insurance office building, but the company that nows calls it home is Met Life.