Yesterday traffic snarled on Court Street in Brooklyn as Julia Roberts browsed for books at BookCourt (pictured). The bookstore will play a brief role in the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love“–a film starring Roberts with a stop in one of the most cinematic bookstores in Kings County.
“They shot a scene of Julia out front,” explained Zack Zook, general manager of the bookstore, in a GalleyCat interview. “She sees some book in the window and decides to come in the bookstore. There is a shot of her in the store purchasing books on divorce.”
“They took the signs down, but there are shots of the fiction section. People who are familiar with the store will recognize it,” he concluded. Zook’s family owns the store, which was founded in 1981. It has appeared in a few films: First Born, Duplex, and most recently, HBO shot a Jonathan Ames event at the store. Zook also explained that they regularly let student filmmakers shoot for free in the bookstore.