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The Heritage City is an indisputable world class leader in the field of historical architecture. But even the longest-established residents are aware that, away from the iconic heritage trail, there’s always a new old treasure to discover - and The Forum is one such hidden gem.

Having opened its doors to the public as a cinema in 1934, this remarkable venue celebrates its 80th birthday in May 2014. The cinema remained in operation until 1969 and the building has since accommodated a bingo hall and a dance school before Bath City Church took the building over in 1989. “Many people don’t realise that The Forum is Bath’s biggest venue and the third largest seated auditorium in the south west of England,” says Daniel Hogston, who is justifiably proud of managing this unique venture. But for many years, the building was overlooked, unloved and allowed to slip into a state of careworn disarray. “When Bath City Church took The Forum over, it had been allowed to crumble into a sorry state of disrepair,” says Dan. “Thankfully, the church restored it to its former glory and recently set up a company called Bath Forum Ltd to manage the venue and deliver a new programme of events and to look at refurbishment as an ongoing project”.

Today, The Forum represents a true reflection of typical Art Deco-era splendour including lacquered wood fixtures and fittings and gold-leafed flourishes all subtly vying for your attention. In the elegant auditorium, the iconic green cinema seats offer a spacious, luxurious audience experience.

By Melissa Blease (The Source, Bath, November 2013)


Update as of 15/09/21

Covid-19 entry requirements may vary on a show by show basis, depending on the requirement of the Promoter for each show, who assesses various factors and ultimately makes these decisions. (scroll down to see any show specifics)

The Venue and the Event will follow any and all Covid-19 Government Guidelines that are in place at the time of the event. So the below are subject to change, possibly at short notice, with exceptions on a show by show basis.

In-line with Government Guidelines on continuing to wear face coverings in busy places, we recommend and encourage you to wear a face covering if you are able.
We encourage you to take a lateral flow test for your own peace of mind before attending.

It goes without saying, but please do not attend if you feel at all unwell or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

As a venue, we have invested in your safety over the past 18 months and have installed Covid-Killing Air Filtration systems throughout the building, including the auditorium, foyers, and bars. This technology filters the air through both a HEPA filter and UVC light, cleaning the air we breathe.

We also have sterilizing and “fogging” systems in place which we use to clean seats and touch points between performances.

There will also be hand sanitiser available, and we ask you to please sanitise your hands on arrival and regularly throughout your visit.

Please be respectful of other others around you, including fellow concertgoers and staff here at The Forum. If we all play our part, we can ensure your experience with us is enjoyable and safe.




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