Forum Theatre

2208 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Dec 9, 2012 Phila. Inquirer editorial cartoon

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.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 11:44 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 .


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

alps on December 9, 2012 at 4:56 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.

CSWalczak on December 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

A New York Daily News story about the closing and the theater’s owner can be read here.

alps on February 17, 2013 at 11:00 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.

alps on August 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

Maybe a good place for a Alamo Draft House could be the lot where the Forum once stood.

DavidZornig on November 26, 2015 at 12:16 pm

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

rivest266 on October 7, 2016 at 6:57 pm

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

runusmc on December 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Sure do miss these types of theatres whether it’s the Forum in Philly or some place else.

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