Forum Theatre

236 Washington Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 13, 2013 at 7:19 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.

adamghost
adamghost on September 10, 2013 at 1:29 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.

adamghost
adamghost on September 9, 2013 at 6:17 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.

Admiral37
Admiral37 on October 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 18, 2012 at 4:05 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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

Very nice marquee on The Forum.

Admiral37
Admiral37 on April 14, 2011 at 10:24 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2010 at 4:47 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.

Patsy
Patsy on November 28, 2008 at 11:26 am

Warren: Nice photos…thanks!

deleted user
[Deleted] on July 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Patsy, it’s good you are relaying to the Forum people that you are interested in the Forum’s history. Also, regarding the Strand and Riviera: the front part of the Strand (formerly the lobby which was torn out to be converted into restaurant space) is currently for sale. The front part of the Riviera is also for sale. Both of these theaters auditoriums have not been in use for close to 30 years and are really in need of a restoration.

fletcher123
fletcher123 on July 21, 2008 at 9:16 am

Bingham theatre was one of the biggest theatres in New York, the seating capacity of this theatre was 1,804 as per the film daily year book and later it was named as Capri. In 1975 it was considered to be the home for Broome county performing center. Robert-Morton theatre pipe organ was also being installed in the theatre.


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Patsy
Patsy on June 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Joe Masher: Interesting to read your 2005 post concerning the Strand and the Riviera….“both have been converted to other uses, but their auditoriums remain sealed off and abandoned”. Is this still the case?

Patsy
Patsy on June 20, 2008 at 3:30 pm

MikeR: I just wrote the Forum to obtain an entertainment schedule as the town has a philharmonic orchestra which performs at the Forum. I also listed all of the Cinema Treasures theatres (closed and demolished) so it should be interesting to read their theatre response!

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[Deleted] on January 2, 2006 at 7:15 am

I believe that the Forum was once a part of the Comerford chain, like many of the other old theaters in the Triple Cities. The Morton organ is now being maintained by the Binghamton Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society.

Patsy
Patsy on October 30, 2005 at 8:19 am

Correction….CT has 5 theatres listed.

Patsy
Patsy on October 30, 2005 at 8:14 am

According to CT, Binghamton had 4 theatres over the years.

joemasher
joemasher on May 17, 2005 at 8:38 am

The Riviera (Stone Opera House) is still standing, next to the Strand Theatre, on Chenango St. in Downtown Binghamton.
Both have been converted to other uses, but their auditoriums remain sealed off and abandoned.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 17, 2005 at 6:12 am

Patsy;
I will add it to the site.

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2005 at 11:22 pm

I believe the Riviera is just closed and not demolished?

Patsy
Patsy on May 16, 2005 at 11:21 pm

KenRoe: Can you find out anything concerning a theatre in Binghamton by the name of the Riviera at 33 Chenango Street?