Marquis Theatre

175 South Third Street,
Easton, PA 18042

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Opened as the Eric Twin in June 1975. It was expanded to 4-screens in June 1980. In 1983, an additional two screens were added. Renovation was carried out in 2004, new booths and front ends, all DTS houses. Multi-format digital presentation for events and festivals.

This was in vain, as the Marquis Theatre was closed in February 2007, and plans were approved to demolish and build condos on the site. It was demolished in 2012.

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teecee on March 31, 2005 at 11:52 am

Cienma Paradiso was a nice idea, but short lived. Max of 2 years from 2000 or 2001 onward.

pbubny on February 15, 2006 at 5:56 am

According to the Marquis' website, the theatre appears to be closed. The schedule lists “last shows” for Friday, Jan. 13 and thanks people for their patronage.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2006 at 7:30 am

Not only is this theater closed, it could be demolished:

More condos planned in Easton: It’s another Ashley Development project, this one at old theater.

Source: Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

Publication Date: 20-MAY-06

“Byline: William J. Ford

May 20—Ashley Development Corp. of Bethlehem proposed another condominium complex in downtown Easton, but this plan is from scratch. Ashley President Lou Pektor and Mayor Phil Mitman held a news conference in City Hall on Friday unveiling the company’s estimated $40 million plan to demolish the former Marquis Theatre on S. Third Street and erect a nine-story high-rise with 143 condominiums".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2006 at 7:42 am

It appears that this theater will be gone soon. This is an October 17, 2006 article about building a nine-story condominium on the site of the former Marquis Theater next year.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2007 at 7:37 am

This is an 11/17/2006 article about the Marquis Theater.

“City approves high-rise for former theater site: Bethlehem developer needs OK from panel before work can start.

Source: Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Byline: William J. Ford

Nov. 17—The Easton Planning Commission unanimously gave final approval Wednesday night for a Bethlehem developer’s proposal to transform the former Marquis Theatre in the downtown into a nine-story high-rise with a two-level parking garage. Before construction can begin in the spring, Ashley Development Corp. still must receive approval from the city’s Historic District Commission. The seven-member commission meets again Dec. 11 in City Hall. One item the commission would discuss is Ashley’s installing an outdoor stairwell along the building to “allow for better pedestrian access…and add to the visual interest of the project,” according to a memo from the city’s Planning Department.

Ashley wants to build the high-rise, called The Majestic, with 143 one- and two-bedroom condominiums, 7,000 square feet of commercial space and 169 parking spaces on S. Third Street. Erik Marsh, Ashley project manager, said Thursday the estimated starting price for each condominium is $225,000. Tenants would see relief from most state and local taxes because the site is in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, but the designation expires in 2010. Planning Chairman Charles Elliott said the project will help revitalize the downtown, especially since the condominiums will be for sale. Elliott said other proposals to refurbish the former theater site did not work. Local developer Abraham Atiyeh previously owned the 1.3-acre tract, which includes the Social Security Administration building lot behind the theater facing S. Fourth Street. The Marquis Theatre opened in 2004 and later closed in January 2005. Two months later, the city’s planning staff recommended the Planning Commission reject Atiyeh’s proposal to tear down the building and construct 31 townhouses. Ashley paid $1.2 million in June to buy the theater parcel from Easton Ventures Inc., which is owned by Atiyeh and Ramzi Haddad. Ashley is currently working on converting the former Pomeroy’s department store about two blocks away on Northampton Street into 30 condominiums with businesses and underground parking".

CSWalczak on November 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm

As it turns out, the condos are not going to be built on the Marquis theater site; instead it will be used to build a bus station/parking garage, and apparently a high school sports hall of fame will be part of it as well. A press release can be read here:View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm

An early report on plans for this theater in Boxoffice of September 3, 1973, said that it was to be a twin with each auditorium having 500 seats. The twins were to be called the Duke and the Duchess. The theater was to be operated by the Sameric Theatre Corporation of Philadelphia.

By late 1974 Boxoffice was reporting that construction on the project had not yet begun due to disputes with the city over parking requirements. The house finally opened as the Eric Twin in June, 1975, according to a later Boxoffice item.

The September 18, 1978, issue of Boxoffice said that two additional screens would be added to the Eric Easton Twin. The original auditoriums, it said, seated 665 and 352, and the new auditoriums would seat 364 and 378. The project was to be completed before Christmas that year, but an August, 1983, Boxoffice item about the planned expansion of the house to six screens said the the expansion to four screens had been completed in June, 1980.

The 1983 item said that the fifth and sixth auditoriums of the Eric 6 would have 350 and 434 seats respectively. This would have brought the total seating capacity to 2,532. I haven’t found the exact opening date for the last two screens, or confirmation of their seating capacity, but the city allowed the fifth and sixth screens to operate for thirty days in October, 1983, according to that month’s issue of Boxoffice. A final permit to operate would be contingent on the developers completing work on sidewalks, parking facilities, and some interior work on the complex.

The last mention I’ve found of the Easton Eric Six in Boxoffice was a report in September, 1988, about a taxicab that had jumped the curb and crashed into the lobby. I haven’t found either the Marquis or the Cinema Paradiso mentioned in Boxoffice at all.

zipperiffic on October 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

After four plus years vacant, the Marquis has now been demolished.

mikedanchak on May 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I opened the Eric Twin Theatre in June of 1975 for Sameric Theatres. One of our 1st movies was “Jaws”. I left in 1979 because I was promoted to sound & projection tech. for the Eric chain. I came back in 1983 when the theatre became a 6 plex, & left in 1986 when United Artists Theatres took over. I have a lot of wonderful memories of that theatre and pictures. I’ll download them soon.

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