UA Queen 4 Theatre

239 Town Center Road,
King of Prussia, PA 19406

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The King Theatre opened June 26, 1963, by Sam Shapiro as the first theatre for the Sameric Theatres chain. This theatre was located in the Valley Forge Shopping Center in King of Prussia.

In 1973/74 the theatre was twinned. In 1988/88, four screens were built in a ajoining building in the shopping center, resulting in the name change to Eric King & Queen 6 Theatre. In 1988, United Artists acquired the Sameric chain, still calling the theatres Eric Theatres until 1991.

In 1997/98, The King Twin portion of the King & Queen 6 closed, resulting in a name change to UA Queen 4 Theatre.

In 2000, The UA Queen 4 Theatre was closed when the UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 and IMAX Theatre opened.

Today, a K & G Mens Warehouse and Peppers Italian restaurant occupies the UA Queen 4 building, and a Marshalls store occupies the former site of the Eric King Twin Theatre.

Contributed by Michael R. Rambo Jr.

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

moviemandarin
moviemandarin on November 30, 2008 at 6:50 pm

The King was actually not opened as a Sameric. It was opened as a Jerry Lewis Cinema. As a matter of fact Jerry opened it personally, and there was a bronze plaque in the floor of the ticket lobby that commemorated that fact (“Opened by the King of show business, Jerry Lewis…”). It was very typical of a Jerry Lewis Cinema, very cheap construction, virtually no decoration, poor, uncomfortable seats.(The only other one in the area was in Lionville, Chester County—it eventually came to be called the Marchwood cinema.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

On the death notice for Sam Shapiro, founder of the Sameric chain, it list that he opened the King Theatre, then a few monts later opened the Eric Fairless Hills and Eric Harrisburg Theatre. It wasnn’t until the late 1960’s that this theatre started using the “Eric” name.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 13, 2010 at 12:17 am

The King Theatre was org. to the left of the Food Fair Supermarket at the Valley Forge Shopping Center

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

The entry for architect David Dean Freeman in the 1970 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the King Theatre in King of Prussia as a 1965 project. This must have been when the Jerry Lewis Cinema was remodeled as the King Theatre for Samaric.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I’ve added an exterior photo of a theater named King from a collection of Eric theater photos. Is this photo correct for this theater?

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I would assume it is correct. AFAIK, The King Theatre/King Twin was the only Eric Theatre that did not have the “Eric” name on the theatre itself.

chinatownkid
chinatownkid on August 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Despite having lived fairly close to this theater, I only remember going here a handful of times. I know I saw the Special Editions of Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back here. I also remember seeing Operation Condor, Cape Fear, and Tales from the Darkside here. It wasn’t a bad cinema and it wasn’t a particularly spectacular one either.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm

June 26th, 1963 grand opening ad in photo section

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

That newspaper ad is proof that this theatre was opened as a Sameric Theatre.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Today, most of the King Theatre site is now a parking lot next to the Marshalls (former Food Fair) location.

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