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AKA Orbit Room, Club Eastbrook
Update Jan 2024: The old Eastbrook Theatre/Orbit Room was demolished in March 2023.
Update from webmaster: The Orbit Room closed in 2018. Apparently there were safety issues with the venue and it was the site of some violent crimes. There were several news reports on it. Kind of a shame because lots of big music acts played there for years.
From Cinema Treasures
Located on Lake Eastbrook at the Eastbrook Mall. It originally opened as a single screen theatre. It was later twinned by dividing it down the middle. They failed to extend the projection booth and the projectors weren’t centered on the screens. It was annoying to the patrons because one edge was always slightly out of focus. The theatre closed in the late 1980’s and converted to a club called the Orbit Room operated by Clear Channel.
Source: 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.