Forum Theatre

236 Washington Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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The Forum, formerly the Capri

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Originally opened in 1919 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 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

Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

Admiral37 on April 15, 2011 at 3:24 am

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 3:36 pm

Very nice marquee on The Forum.

CSWalczak on October 18, 2012 at 9:05 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 9:41 pm

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

adamghost on September 9, 2013 at 11:17 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 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 on January 3, 2015 at 1:16 am

The Forum was built in 1919.

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 A press clipping from the January 8 issue of The Binghamton Press is also available from me in case interested.

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

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