Forum Theatre

2208 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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rivest266 on October 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

This opened on July 14th, 1972. Its grand opening ad can be seen in the photo section for this cinema.

DavidZornig on November 26, 2015 at 9:16 am

Miniature scale model of The Forum added.
Photo courtesy of Denise Storti.

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.

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.

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 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.

RickB on December 7, 2012 at 4:52 am story on the closing. The landlord had moved to evict the theater for nonpayment of rent.

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 .


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…

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 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 on April 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Rest in peace, Marilyn Chambers. An icon in her own way.

kencmcintyre on January 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

Here is a 1978 photo from Temple University:

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2007 at 11:04 am

That must be the Chambers appearance that I recalled. Thanks.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 26, 2007 at 10:54 am

Here is the link to the very interesting article in the November 2007 edition of Philadelphia magazine(7 pages):
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kencmcintyre on November 26, 2007 at 9:16 am

I remember this place from the early eighties. Marilyn Chambers made a promotional appearance there around that time, which was a big hit. I’m surprised this theater is still around.