The Fifth Forum movie theater was built on the site of the former Swede's Diner at 210 South Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor in 1966. It was later the Ann Arbor I and II theaters before conversion to office and night club space.

 

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When a group headed by Ken Robinson and attorney Bill Conlin built the Fifth Forum in 1966, Conlin was also thinking of providing a successor to the Orpheum. “We had a contest in the Ann Arbor News to name the theater,” he recalls. The Fifth Forum’s first big success was Georgy Girl, with Lynn Redgrave. The Fifth Forum kept showing the romantic comedy for more than six months, Conlin says--in contrast to the Butterfield theaters, which were able to book movies only for short periods.


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