UA Queen 4 Theatre

239 Town Center Road,
King of Prussia, PA 19406

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 10, 2015 at 4:24 am

The Queen building did say on it “Eric Queen” with a marquee for screens #3-6

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 10, 2015 at 4:23 am

The main entrance to the King Theatre was in the back of the building, with shops on the front facing DeKlab Pike

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 3, 2014 at 1:10 am

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

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 3, 2014 at 12:53 am

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

rivest266 on May 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm

June 26th, 1963 grand opening ad in photo section

chinatownkid on August 7, 2013 at 6:06 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.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 16, 2013 at 3:24 am

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.

HowardBHaas on June 4, 2013 at 1:23 am

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?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2012 at 10:17 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.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 13, 2010 at 5:17 am

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

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 15, 2009 at 12:41 am

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.

moviemandarin on November 30, 2008 at 11:50 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.

yaggy on November 19, 2008 at 9:58 pm

The King’s two theatres sat around 700+.
Three of the Queen’s four houses sat 415.
The last theatre sat 350. All four Queen
theatres looked quite identical (except 1 & 4
had no surround speakers, just mono sound),
but #4 had to have seats removed from the front
several rows to bring it into township regulation
due to the amount of parking spaces available.

timquan on August 31, 2005 at 2:52 am

How many seats were in the King and Queen theatre complex per screen?