Brook Theatre

Main Street,
Westbrook Maine,
Westbrook, ME 04092

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 17, 2015 at 10:36 am

A number of Odd Fellows halls in smaller towns were adapted into movie theaters like the Brook in Westbrook. There is one (still standing) only 2 miles from my house: the Victor Theatre in East Weymouth MA, now an audio-video recording studio.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

The historical society in Westbrook comments that the Rialto/ Brook theater was not that popular because there was the perception that once you went upstairs into the theater, you were in a “firetrap”.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

The Theater Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Brook; it’s Card # 461. No one filled out the card, so there is no info. There is an undated photo of the exterior. Judging by the cars in the photo, it was taken in the late-1940s period. The Brook was to the right of the Star Theatre and had a very nice triangle marquee. The theater name on the MGM card is “Brooks”, but the marquee says “Brook”.