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Can’t believe this tenplex is still in operation, and how moviegoers had to endure sitting in run-down auditoriums watching good blockbuster hits.
Did they ever use the balcony section for seating when it was the Sameric?
Just saw the pictures of the old Meadows when it was a single-screen theatre. We would like to see some pictures of the Fresh Meadows' theatres as a multiplex now.
When the Eric Montgomeryville became a twin complex, did they twin the old theatre or added a new building? And when the Eric II became Eric 3, did they twin one of the buildings? And how did they add the 4 screens?
How many seats were in the King and Queen theatre complex per screen?
I wouldn’t be surprised that if the old Orleans is torn down in the near future, a megaplex would be built in its place. Look at how much open space there is! As for the 309 Cinema 9, that complex and the UA Montgomeryville 7 up north at the 309/202 interchange are the only two theatre complexes serving North Wales, Montgomeryville, and Ambler/Springhouse. I think that area really needs a megaplex, and soon.
Did this theatre complex originally start out as a single-screen theatre? When did it open?
I originally got the address of Routes 202, 309 & 463 from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s movie listings. BTW, does anyone know when the Montgomeryville theatres opened? Did it start out as a single screen, and expanded with another theatre? I remember seeing that theatre while driving North on Route 309 years ago.
So New York will lose the Loews name, a name synonymous with New York for generations of moviegoers. And also the Cineplex Odeon name may disappear forever too.
I can’t believe all the theatre chains that I grew up with have now gone into heaven: Eric, Budco, Loews, GCC, Walter Reade, Cinema 5.
Next United Artists?
The old Woodbridge Cinemas was south of Woodbridge Center, in a former Korvettes/Caldor Shopping Center. The Fox Woodbridge was taken over by Mann Theatres in the 70s, then demolished to make way for a Levitz Furniture Store.
Yesterday, I went to the Serramonte Plaza in Daly City. That made me think about the Plaza Twin. How big was the theatre when it existed, and where did it stand? Also which retail building stands now on the former theatre grounds?
For John, did you manage the theatre when the first three ‘Star Wars’ films played?
The 5th screen was an annex. I don’t think the third screen added in 1980 was split.
How was the 309 Cinema made a mess when the additional screens were added?
The 309 Cinema started as a single-screen theatre, then it was twinned. Around the late 70s, another screen was added on the right side of the existing building, thus calling it 309 Cinema 3. Then two more screens were built on the left side of the existing building. Around 1986, four screens were added on the north side of the building.
The Fox, Milgram, and Stage Door Cinema were demolished first to make way for One Liberty Place. The Duke, Duchess, and Regency Twin were demolished in 1988 to make way for Two Liberty Place.
The theatre complex is 5 blocks north from my sister’s apartment on the westside. I have been there a few times. I have seen movies in the theatre’s lower level auditoriums, but never in the upper level.
The first time I went there, they played music before the show. But in between the music, announcers from LITE FM 106.7 told the audience to tune to their station. How was the music piped in?
Actually, it sits on the former site of the Cherry Hill Inn. The theatre is opposite the Cherry Hill Mall, connected by a pedestrian bridge. Therefore people can park at the mall, walk over Rt 38 using that bridge, and go to the theatre.
The Route 38 Twin became an Eric theater in the early 1980s. Its main competitor was the Cherry Hill Mall Twin Cinema inside the Cherry Hill Mall. The Rt 38 Twin became the only theatre in Cherry Hill after the Cherry Hill Mall Cinema closed in the late 80s, and it closed somewhere around 1991.
The Loews Meadow Six had to be one of the hottest places to see movies in the mid-1980s. They had 70mm capability, and they showed the biggest blockbusters at the time, most notably the Indiana Jones films. What other blockbuster films played at the Meadow Six?
What are the seating capacities for each of the 8 auditoriums?
Eric’s Place played ‘Star Wars’ in 1977, but the movie later moved to the former Eric Mark I theatre after a few weeks because they wanted to exhibit ‘Star Wars’ in 70mm. In later years, the other two films in the SW trilogy would play at the Sameric.
When I was growing up, we would always drive past this theatre every time our family drove from NJ to Ambler, PA where my uncle and aunt used to live. The only way my father knew to get to Ambler was through Cheltenham Ave and turn right to the 309 Expressway, which went past the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
I think this cinema opened in early 1979 with ‘Norma Rae’, and it played ‘ET’ in 1982.
Actually, Loews didn’t build this theatre in the beginning. It was a small chain called Music Makers, which built small theatres in Bricktown and Freehold. The other Freehold theatre complex, the Freehold Cinemas, was also owned by Music Makers before Loews took over the two theatres.