The Forum, London
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The Forum in 2009
|Public transit||Kentish Town|
|Owner||MAMA & Company|
The Forum, known as O2 Forum Kentish Town for sponsorship reasons, or sometimes Kentish Town Forum, is a concert venue in Kentish Town, London, England owned by MAMA & Company. The venue was built in 1934 and was originally used as an art deco cinema. After the cinema was closed, the venue re-opened as an Irish dance hall called The Forum.
In the mid-1980s, it changed direction to a 2,100 capacity live music venue under the name of The Town & Country Club. In 1993, Mean Fiddler purchased the venue and renamed it The Forum. The final show at the T&C and the first at The Forum was Van Morrison.
In 2007, MAMA & Company purchased the Forum from Mean Fiddler and spent £1.5 million refurbishing it, and increasing the capacity to 2,300. In 2015, the venue was acquired by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Forum Kentish Town, as part of the O2 Academy Group.
The venue has standing downstairs and benched seating in booths on the upstairs balcony, or a fully seated layout for certain shows.