Forum Theatre

236 Washington Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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The Forum, formerly the Capri

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Originally opened for vaudeville and movies as the Binghamton Theatre (retaining that name into the 1950’s) it had a seating capacity of 1,804 given in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 edition. It later became the Capri Theatre.

In summer 1975 it was announced that the Capri 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

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

Patsy on November 28, 2008 at 8:26 am

Warren: Nice photos…thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2010 at 1:47 am

The Binghamton Theatre was renamed the Capri Theatre in 1960. Boxoffice of June 20 reported that Comerford Theatres had held an invitational premier on June 8, and the remodeled house had opened to the public the following night. The renovation had included reseating the auditorium, reducing its capacity from about 1,800 to about 1,200.

Admiral37 on April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

As I recall, the Capri was also the only theater in the Binghamton area that was outfitted for Cinerama. It was a wonderful theater.

I had the opportunity to work on stage crew for the Tri-Cities Opera. Prior to the Capri being remodeled and turned into a performing arts center, the Technical Director of the Opera took several of us on a tour of the old Capri, including the old dressing rooms and a rehearsal room that was below the stage from vaudeville and live performance days. I wish I had pictures to share, it was pretty amazing stuff to see.

TLSLOEWS on April 15, 2011 at 7:36 am

Very nice marquee on The Forum.

CSWalczak on October 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

If this theater was ever equipped for Cinerama (doubtful), there is no record of it ever having showed any film “in Cinerama.” It may have had 70mm equipment at one time.

Admiral37 on October 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

CSWalczak, you are correct. I found this from the Binghamton Press from March 10, 1960:

adamghost on September 9, 2013 at 3:17 am

A Feb. 1945 item about the closing of the Lyric by the Comerford chain stated that at the time of that writing, this theatre was also owned by them, and also dark.

adamghost on September 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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.

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