Eastbrook Theatre

Address: 2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE
City: Kentwood
State: MI
County: Kent
Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 3931
Info Updates:
3/22/2021 - Eric Olsen
My first job was an usher at the theatre, was paid $1 dollar an hour, with lots of benefits, free popcorn, pop, and free movies. The first movie I remember was The Odd Couple. The big one in 1969 was 2001 A Space Odyssey, with reserved seating. The craziest movie for me was Alice's Restaurant, where we passed out for free the brownie recipe minus the magic ingredient. Now, we could give the patrons that missing ingredient. In 1969 Eastbrook seated 1201, the most of any theater in the area, and I believe had the biggest screen. The projectionists were union and nobody but union members were supposed to be in the booth, but one day when the boss was away I got to see those big projectors. It was quite a thrill for this 17 year old. If I wanted the big bucks (1.25 pr hr) I signed up for Saturday cleanup. Some 20 years later I came back for a concert, now called the Orbit Room. I didn't recognize the place. The stage was now where the back rows were.
5/4/2010 - James W. Ashley
I was a projectionist and assistant manager here (1981 - 1986). Lots of great memories. We ran Bauer and Simplex projectors, with Dolby sound. There was a remote startup panel behind the ticket booth on the ground floor that we sometimes used, but it was unreliable, and as often as not resulted in a run upstairs to get the slack out of the take-up reel. Attendance was poor to moderate and dwindled over the years ... Our biggest hit during my tenure was Poltergeist (1982), which we ran as an exclusive in town. My greatest memory of this place, however, was seeing my favorite movie (2001: A Space Odyssey) at the age of 4 in 70 mm (Spring, 1968). Years later while I was working there, after the management learned that this was my favorite film, I was given several posters, one-sheets, promo cards, and even a 35 mm reel of the trailer that they still had in storage for some reason.
2/9/2004 - John McDowell
Originally built as a single screen house, it was later twinned by dividing it down the middle (front to back). Unfortunately, they didn't extend the projection booth and therefore, the projector wasn't centered on the screens. This made it a bit annoying to watch the film because one edge was always slightly out of focus. It was equipped for 70mm (at least when it was a single screen). As a small town projectionist who only ran 35mm, I visited their booth and was allowed to thread a 70mm print. I remember that it took me as long to thread that as it did the first time I threaded a 35mm machine. ;-)
2/2/2004 - King Chuck
The theatre is now the Clear Channel-owned club Orbit Room, and hosts rock concerts and dances.
1/29/2004 - WaterWinterWonderland
This appears to be a typical multiplex that was built in a shopping center, many of which have given way to larger, stand-alone mega-plexes with stadium seating like the Celebration Cinema in nearby Grand Rapids.
Eastbrook Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
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