2208 Market Street,
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Opened on July 14, 1972 with the world premiere of “Baccanale” starring Uta Erickson, screening straight porn in 35mm prints. In later years the theatre no longer showed real film, but still showed 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 were $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.
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