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Forum Theatre

2014 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
1400 S West Blvd
Columbia MO 65203

Record #11014  
 Opened: April 5, 1967
 Closed: 1993
 Current Use: Retail
Capacity: 816 seats
Architect(s): Mel Glatz
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Dickinson Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

The Forum opened on April 5, 1967 with "Tobruk".

The opening festivities featured Miss Eva Sugarbaker, reigning "American Royal" Queen. Admission at the beginning was $1.50 for adults and 50c for children. The Tribune published several photos and drawings of the Forum on opening day. It was the first business in the new Forum Shopping Center, and the theme was carried out with statuary in the lobby and a carpet pattern featuring columns to match those at the nearby university. Steve Souttar was the first manager.

Though much was always made of another Commonwealth opening, this 816-seat Dickinson theatre (their 35th) made very little noise about its lineage--the chain's name wouldn't appear in Forum ads for years, and it earned just a passing mention in a small opening-day Tribune article.

In 1993, the original theatre was replaced with a sleek eight-screen multiplex adjacent to the shopping center.

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May 2016 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 4/17/2014.

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