Forum Theatre

2208 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Opened in 1975 with 250 seats and screening straight porn in 35mm prints. The theater no longer shows real film, but still shows porn on the screen via DVD/video.

The November 2007 edition of Philadelphia magazine had an article about the experience. According to the article, tickets in 2007 are $7, there are snack and drink machines, and while watching the movie, fellow ticket buyers, who are all males, straight and gay, will often….well, I don’t want to get graphic, so I’m going to leave it to your imagination – or read the magazine.

In the first week of December 2012, the Forum Theatre was closed. Due to neighborhood opposition, the city had refused permission for the owners to expand the Forum Theatre to accommodate the ‘Les Gals’ venue, located a block away, which also closed around the same time.

In February 2013, the owner had the Forum Theatre demolished for parking spaces, and whatever redevelopment eventually occurs.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on January 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

I recently visited Philly and I was stunned to come up out of the subway stop and the first thing that greeted me was this adult theater. I swore I was having a flashback, but no, this theater stands, and continues to stand on this spot. Here’s some photos I snapped from this past September 2009:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I drove past there a few months ago-same impression. It looks the same as it did in 1983.

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on January 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Yeah, like time stood still. I’m from New York, we had tons in the City and a few on Long Island, but the overall feel is the same. I swear that when I came out of that subway I was dreaming, we have no more of those theaters around here so it really was an eye opener…

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .

Thanks!

RickB
RickB on December 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

Philly.com story on the closing. The landlord had moved to evict the theater for nonpayment of rent.

alps
alps on December 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I would like to see this still used as a theater, cleaned up of course. Could be the new Temple Cinemateque. I haven’t been in that theater in thirty years. Was then a couples theater, a clean safe place. With the Book Bin and John’s Adult Books closing this year as well, The Scorpio and Danny’s will make bank, because everyone doesn’t have internet access.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

A New York Daily News story about the closing and the theater’s owner can be read here.

alps
alps on February 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Well the Forum has a date with the wreckers, soon it will wiped off the face of the earth.I wanted to buy the admission price sign, but it was gone. It was my landmark on the Septa train, I will miss it, even though it was 30 years since I had been in there.

alps
alps on August 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Maybe a good place for a Alamo Draft House could be the lot where the Forum once stood.

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