Brook Arts Center

10 Hamilton Street,
Bound Brook, NJ 08805

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Brook Arts Center

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A 1927 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.

Contributed by George Andersen

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[Deleted] on October 9, 2009 at 6:58 am

It’s great that the Brook Theatre has been restored in spite of all the past flooding. Kudos to everyone involved in its resurrection. I’m assuming the organ has been fully restored at this point and is still being maintained by the Garden State Theater Organ Society.

spectrum
spectrum on January 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

There are some wonderful clips on youtube of a 1926 film “The winning of Barbara Worth” with magnificent organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson – real original silent film-type music!

This was recorded during a showing at the Bound Brook theater in September 2009.

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That’s over 20 minutes of film and organ bliss!

spectrum
spectrum on January 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Sorry, here’s the third one:

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And as a bonus: a ten minute scene from the original “Phantom of the Opera”

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markp
markp on March 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

Today March 14, 2010, Bound Brook is again having flooding similar to 2007. I wonder how the theatre is going to fare.

markp
markp on March 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Theatre has again flooded. 3rd time in 11 years. Go to “www.thnt.com” and click on bound brook flood to view photos.

djben1
djben1 on July 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm

as of 7/29/2010
Contact
Phone: 732-469-7700
Email:
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
djben1 on July 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm

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
KennyT on November 25, 2010 at 1:17 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.

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

Ticket information is available by calling 732-469-7700
Ticket Web www.ticketweb.com Type in Brook Theatre in the Search for Tickets engine.
Ticket Master www.ticketmaster.com Type in Brook Theatre in the Search engine.
Tickets also available at Mama Rosina’s Restaurant at the Bound Brook Train Station

markp
markp on September 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Worked here as a projectionist in 1992.

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