Forum Theatre

9-17 Highgate Road,
London, NW5 1JY

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Forum Theatre in June 2008

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Located in the north London district of Kentish Town. A very similiar in design sister theatre to the Forum Theatre, Ealing which opened the same year (1934), the Kentish Town Forum Theatre seated 2,175 in stalls and single balcony. The architect was J. Stanley Beard and the interior design was by W.R. Bennett. It was taken over in 1935 by Associated British Cinemas(ABC).

Re-named ABC in 1963, it was closed in 1970. It became first a bingo hall then a ballroom and finally a concert hall/theatre (I can well remember going to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” there – the bouncers on the door were terrifying!).

It returned to it’s original name in 1993 and is now a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 27, 2005 at 9:47 am

Exterior photo and some history on the Forum Cinema, Kentish Town, London here:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2005 at 4:34 am

A recent exterior view of the former Forum Cinema, Kentish Town in North London, now in use as a rock concert venue.
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woody on May 21, 2007 at 11:25 pm

rear view taken from a speeding train showing the bulk of the auditorium and fly tower

woody on September 17, 2007 at 6:44 am

heres a load of photos i took last friday night at a concert by The Gossip, showing the amazing interior, i was totally blown away by how richly decorated it is and how intact
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keiths on February 27, 2009 at 3:55 am

The family resemblance with the former Ealing Forum/ABC/Virgin/UGC is amazing. The Ealing version was tripled some years ago, but is currently being demolished. There were stories doing the rounds that a multiplex is going to replace it – utilising the former frontage – but we must wait and see.

davepring on May 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

There are plans for films to return to The Forum in the near future when the venue is not booked for concerts.

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