Forum Theatre

203 E. Main Street,
Barstow, CA 92311

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Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.

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Forum Theatre

The Forum Theatre was opened by 1929 when it had 300 seats. A new Forum Theatre located at the intersection of E. Main Street (National Trails Highway) and S. Second Avenue was opened on August 28, 1936. It was closed on October 25, 1960.

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kencmcintyre on September 21, 2007 at 8:31 pm

In 1963, the Forum was operated by the Western Amusement Company, out of Los Angeles. The president and GM was J.E. Ted Jones. Western Amusement also ran the Barlen Drive-In and and Barstow Theater in that city.

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine in January 1946:

Jack Anderson, who manages the Forum in Barstow, has revealed that William Cox, Forum owner, has plans drawn for a new 750-seat theater to be built in Barstow early this year.

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

No, he was building a new theater somewhere else in Barstow. It may have been the Barstow Theater, which later became a twin.

DavidZornig on December 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I believe the Forum may have existed as far back as the `20’s. I added a Frasher Foto photo of Main Street from that era, courtesy of the Pomona Public Library. The building appears to be the same, with possible window enlargements by the 1950’s photo.

rivest266 on August 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Closed week of October 25th, 1960.

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