‘The Brook’ Comes Down | First Talkie Movie Theater in Snoqualmie Valley [Partially] Demolished

At the corner of Park Street and Meadowbrook Way (near Mount Si HS and Snoqualmie Elementary) sits the cement shell of some Snoqualmie Valley movie history: The Brook Theater.

According to Valley Historian Dave Battey, The Brook was the key draw for the new town of Meadowbrook when it was created in 1923 – and when ‘Talkies” came to movie theaters just as the Great Depression hit, The Brook was the first theater to bring movies with sound to the Snoqualmie Valley.  [The town of Meadowbrook was eventually annexed into the City of Snoqualmie.]

Last week a little bit of that nearly century old building began coming down as the property owners prepare to sell.

According to City of Snoqualmie Building Official John Cooper,  the property owners obtained a Demolition Permit to remove the old structure’s front facade and roof system in order to access to the interior and remove items from inside the building.

Cooper also stated via email that demolition crews will be removing debris from around the property as they prepare the parcel for sale, but he had no information regarding future ownership or proposed businesses for the site.

The Brook being partally demolished, cleaned up for sale, 7/2/15.

The Brook being partally demolished, cleaned up for sale, 7/2/15.

The Brook Theater History

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cochrane and their Cochrane Moving Picture Company invested $20,000 and opened The Brook Theater on Saturday, September 15, 1923, with seating 440, including 38 loges (small, separated seating area) with cushioned seats and backs in the rear of the theater.

The first movie ever shown at The Brook was The Spoilers, depicting life in Alaska after gold was discovered in the early 1890’s. General admission was 15 cents and 30 cents, with loges running 20 cents and 40 cents.

In 1929, the Cochranes upgraded the theater and brought state of the art ‘talkies’ to the Valley, but the depression hit the Snoqualmie Valley hard.

According to the Snoqualmie Valley History Magazine, the Cochranes sold The Brook in the 1940’s and the new owner kept the doors open until the mid 1960’s.

The Brook Theater, opened in 1923 in the town of Meadowbrook. Photo: screenshot Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum magazine

The Brook Theater, opened in 1923 in the town of Meadowbrook.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Duncan Saunders says:

    Thank you for this wonderful look into the past.
    My mother, Alice Chisholm had a Florist and gift shop in Meadowbrook for a number of years and I am sure she and friends would have gone to the movies there.

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