O2 Forum Kentish Town
9 Highgate Road,
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O2 Forum Kentish Town (Official)
Firms: Beard & Clare
Styles: Italian Renaissance
Previous Names: Forum Cinema, ABC Kentish Town, Town & Country Club
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 was opened 17th December 1934 and 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 on 18th July 1970. It became first a bingo hall then a ballroom and finally a concert hall/theatre named the Town & Country Club in the 1980’s (I can well remember going to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” there - the bouncers on the door were terrifying!). It was closed in March 1993
It returned to it’s original name later in 1993 and was operated by Live Nation as the Forum Theatre. It is now operated by the Academy Music Group as the O2 Forum Kentish Town. It is now a Grade II Listed building.
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