Joseph L. Ferris Community Center


Constructed in 1939, the Brewer Auditorium has served numerous community functions throughout its storied history as the focal point of a growing city. From Eastern Maine High School Basketball Tournament games to concerts featuring such great names as Neil Diamond and the Beach Boys, to the present day use as a busy community center, the auditorium has served the citizens of Brewer well. In 2000, a $750,000 renovation was completed to bring the building up to code. This involved may areas of the Auditorium, including handicap accessibility, baseboard heating, new doors, windows, shower rooms, alarm system, renovation of the balcony area to include a large conference/activity room, and the addition of two offices also upstairs. In the fall of 2005, a new electronic marquee was installed at the Wilson Street entrance to the auditorium, enabling the department to keep the community updated on programs and special events. The Auditorium continues to be the focal point of the community and is open an average of 95 hours a week during the cold weather months for general program offerings.  The building is rented year round for craft fairs, birthday parties, receptions, training seminars, job fairs, dances, and meetings. The after school program and summer day camp are headquartered at the auditorium and the department’s extensive adult and youth programs make use of every room in the three level facility.

Auditorium Banner Program

Since 2005, numerous area businesses have participated in the banner program, which allows the display of advertising banners in the auditorium gymnasium. There are various locations for the banners with an annual fee. Participating businesses also have their name on the electronic marquee a minimum of 200 days a year, listing in our summer program, and of course excellent visibility of their banner in the gymnasium where thousands of visitors will see. The following area businesses are currently participating:

  • Allen/Freeman/McDonnell Agency
  • Bangor Tire Company
  • Beal Realty
  • Brewer Firefighters Union Local 2162
  • Brewer Center for Health & Rehabilitation
  • Brewer Kiwanis Club
  • Downeast Mobile Power Wash
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Guidance Point Advisors, LLC
  • Jody and Jackie Dearborn
  • Mark A. Lloyd – LeaderOne Home Loans
  • Northern Light Health (formerly EMHS)
  • Pine Hill Golf Club
  • Quirk Auto Group
  • Rand and Rand Dentistry
  • Tricia Largay – Realty of Maine
  • W S  Emerson
  • Zone Radio

Contact Michael Martin at 989-5199 for further details on how you can get your business involved in supporting Parks & Recreation!

Rental Information

Gymnasium:  The auditorium gymnasium measures 100 x 80 feet with a stage, concession stand, and mezzanine area. Tables, a speaker system and the concession stand are all available for a small rental fee. The base daily rental rate is $360, and extra charges apply to hire Auditorium staff after normal business hours. Wireless internet access is also available at an additional fee. The gymnasium also makes for a great venue for your youngster’s birthday party. The gym is available for two hour  rentals at a very affordable rate. Contact us at 989-5199 for further details. Auditorium-Gymnasium-Voting-08

Senior Center:  The Senior Center is located on the lower level of the building and features a 40’ x 45’ meeting room with a newly renovated kitchen.  This rooms seats 120 people with tables and chairs, or 150 with chairs only. The base daily rental rate is $90, and extra charges apply to hire Auditorium staff after normal business hours. senior-center-566x425

Conference Room:  The Mezzanine Conference Room comfortably seats 45 people with tables and chairs and up to 90 with chairs only. The daily rental rate is $50. Wireless internet access is available at an additional fee. conference-room

Veteran’s Memorial: Located at the Brewer Auditorium, this memorial honors all branches of service.  A highlight is the engraved bricks that are placed in the walkway that surrounds the memorial. The $50.00 fee will cover the cost of the brick as well as future maintenance costs. Each brick will contain three lines, with 20 spaces per line for the veteran’s name, rank, and branch served.  For more information and the brick application click here Veterans Memorial

Farmer’s Markets: Two farmer’s markets, Bangor-Brewer and Penobscot County, are located on the Wilson Street side of the auditorium parking lot, and operate from Tuesday through Saturday, May 1 – October 31. Farmers Market 2