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Grand Prospect Hall

An opulent hall for hire
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Grand Prospect Hall was constructed in 1892 as hall for hire, catering to affluent Brooklynites. Notable for its opulent ornamentation, the hall has lured in big-name celebrities over the years such as Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Mae West, Lena Horne, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, and Gregory Hines. Grand Prospect Hall once held masquerade balls, a speakeasy, rooftop “Venetian Gardens,” a Masonic lodge, and Columbus Society Balls. Until 1908, it was home to The Crescent Motion Picture Company, which was put out of business by competition from Thomas Edison. The enormous hall was lovingly restored over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, and is as spectacular an example of "gay [18]90s" style as ever.