Bound Brook theater to stay open during work on marquee
By The Messenger-Gazette
May 20, 2010, 7:00AM
Crane operators recently removed the marquee at the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook for restoration work, but the theater will remain open.
BOUND BROOK – The Brook Arts Center at 10 Hamilton Street in Bound Brook, New Jersey will remain open during restoration of the historic marquee. Under the guidance of the Somerset County Cultural Arts Center (SCCAC) the exterior of the 1927 theater is being restored to its original grandeur.
A classic vaudeville theater, the Brook was opened in 1927. Opening night featured two movies and five Vaudeville acts, playing to a packed house of 1,500 guests (200 standing in the lobby, watching the shows over the balustrade). Though the end of the decade signaled the beginning of the end for vaudeville, the Brook continued as home to a wide variety of live performances and movies throughout the years. Headliners including Tony Bennett and Jackie Gleason entertained packed houses in what was originally a 1300-seat theater. Additional performers on stage included Meatloaf and Chuck Mangione.