Forum Theater, Philly’s Last Porn Palace, Slated for Demolition

Philly.com reports:

The owner of the Forum Theater has obtained a permit to demolish the Market Street property, according to records from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Theater owner Richard Basciano could not be reached for comment immediately but he has said that he wants to knock the property down as soon as possible as part of a plan to develop the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Market Street, where he owns multiple parcels.

The permit was reportedly issued Jan. 24.

Our Victor Fiorillo helped break news of the Forum’s closure last month. In 2007, he wrote “The Last Porn Palace,” a profile of the crumbling establishment.

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