Forum Theatre

236 Washington Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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The Forum, formerly the Capri

Originally opened, April 22, 1920 for vaudeville and movies as the Binghamton Theatre (retaining that name into the 1950’s). It was closed in 1932 and reopened October 27, 1946. It had a seating capacity of 1,804 given in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 edition. It became the Capri Theatre on June 9, 1960.

In summer 1975 it was announced that the Capri Theatre was being considered as the future home for the Broome County Performing Arts Center. Also announced at the same time was that a large Robert-Morton theatre pipe organ was being installed in the theatre by local organ enthusiasts.

Now known as the Forum Theatre, it is home to the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pops Series, Tri-Cities Opera, Broadway Theatre League and various dance groups.

Contributed by KenRoe

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adamghost
adamghost on September 10, 2013 at 6:29 am

The Binghamton was apparently also dark through much of the ‘50s, occasionally reopening for special events, and in 1957 a plan was floated to level the floor and turn it into office space. Luckily, it didn’t happen.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

The Susquehanna Heritage Area Management Plan of 2009 lists Herbert R. Brewster as the architect of the Binghamton Theatre. Brewster also designed the Empire Theatre in Brooklyn and the Jamaica Theatre in Jamaica, as well as two theater projects in Stapleton, Staten Island, and one in New London, Connecticut, none of which I’ve been able to identify. He also designed the Casino Theatre on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, but it appears to have operated only as a burlesque house.

spectrum
spectrum on January 3, 2015 at 1:16 am

The Forum was built in 1919.

InesitadaSilva
InesitadaSilva on January 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm

From this date and for three days (Jan 6-8th), 1930, The Six Rockets, an all-girl RKO acrobat troupe began a three day run at the Binghamton as one of 5 ‘Big Time [vaudeville] Acts’ alongside the Paramount feature, ‘Charming Sinners.’ More info on The Six Rockets at http://www.inesitadasilva.com/?page=Keith%27s-Theatre. A press clipping from the January 8 issue of The Binghamton Press is also available from me in case interested.

MrMisanthropy
MrMisanthropy on August 14, 2015 at 7:03 am

I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of the original ticket booth for this theater or any others designed by this architect. Our historical society does not, and I haven’t been able to find very many examples of this architect’s work on line. Cheers-Mr.M

MichaelCelock
MichaelCelock on October 16, 2015 at 1:00 am

I remember going to the Capri to see Ben Hur, but the best memory was when the Capri was having their grand opening in the 60’s. Back then diagonally across the street was the old YMCA, my dad and I came out to see the grand opening. They had a number of large keg lights and it was as close Binghamton to come to replicating a Hollywood movie premier.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 18, 2017 at 4:26 pm

April 22nd, 1920 and October 27th, 1946 grand opening ads in the photo section. It closed down 1932-1946.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

This reopened as Capri on June 9th, 1960. Full page ad in the photo and below

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 22, 2019 at 12:48 am

May 1965 photo as Capri Theatre added credit Richard J. Allen Sr.

spectrum
spectrum on March 26, 2021 at 2:56 pm

New official link at:

https://broomearenaforum.com/

From here you can also link to their facebook page and a virtual tour.

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