Eric I & II

4400 Derry Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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Eric I & II

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Originally opened July 10, 1963 as a single screen theatre with 1,350 seats, with “Lawrence of Arabia”. The Harrisburg Eric was built for 70mm reserved seat movies.

Twinned prior to 1978, the Eric I & II opened with “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve. The landlord then padlocked the theatre, claiming he was entitled to twice the rent since it had been twinned. Sameric went to court and the landlord lost that lawsuit.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

carolgrau on March 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Paul was a great guy, He and I worked alot of theatres together, he always liked me because even though I was young I had a vast knowledge of projectors and lamps, sound was always my one weak point..Paul and I spent many many hours in booths together and we always got along great.. I went to his funeral was so sad, I don’t remember what year it was, but yes was quite awhile ago… Nobody knows for sure, but I think they just wanted to get rid of the union projectionist no matter how good we were, or how much we saved them money.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 18, 2010 at 3:36 am

What I never could figure out,and i was a manager,but pro-union is why producers and directors would use union labor to make a movie then turn it over to a 17 year old to present to moviegoers.I wish someone that knows much more Than I do,please explain?

carolgrau on July 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Simple,, They thought they were saving money by going non union.. Even though tons of footage was scratched or totally destroyed, they were saving money,..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 2:45 am

I guess you can’t fight Wall Street,but I would like to think had i been a director such as a Kubrick,no 17 year would run my movie.It never has made sense to me.I saw this non-union crap coming my last year at GCC i was a pro-union manager because the guys in booth put on a good show,never had to give advice,maybe on a trailer,but other than that took their hours down for the payroll.I guess i was just too dang smart to manage a theatre when i saw they had plans for Managers in the booth and on the floor.Glad I got out in 1983.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 2:49 am

I.A.T.S.E was a dang good projectionist Union and it was one less headache to have to worry about the booth,in all my theatres ;i was lucky to have highly trained men,not only in putting a good picture on,but most all of them could fix a busted popcorn popper.LOL.

markp on March 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

To Mike Rodgers and carolgrau, its sad the way the I.A.T.S.E. projectionists were treated in the 90’s and 2000’s. I myself being one for almost 38 years now, well, I lost my last job in May 2013 to digital, but I had a really nice run. My father was also IA. He worked for 55 years up till 12/31/1992. Sad thing is he passed away the following Oct of 93. In all my years I never once scratched film, even when I worked in adult theatres. My booths were clean as hospital wards. But I was always looked at as too expensive, etc. I remember the late 90’s/early 2000’s when I worked for Clearview in NJ. Always got 97 to 100 on secret shoppers scores for presentation. A month after they got rid of the union in 04, scores went down to 60-70 range.

Coate on March 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

In the overview, Lost Memory wrote: “Twinned in 1978, the Eric I & II opened with “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve.”

This theater was twinned earlier than 1978.

muviebuf on March 5, 2014 at 8:11 am


The comment about the twin in 1978 came from me in a post several years ago. For some unknown reason that post along with several others that I made along way several years ago seem to have gotten deleated when this website went through various machinations.

If I recall correctly the theatre was twinned sometime around in either 1977 or early 1978. It took the landlord a while to find out about the twinning but then the Landlord decided to take action with the opening of Superman. I believe that Superman was playing on both screens.

The landlord literally padlocked the front doors with large chains and padlocks. I know this for a fact because I represented the theatre owner in the court case. The county court found for the theatre owner since the lease did not forbid twinning of the theatre so long as the premises were returned to its original state on termnination of the lease. Needless to say on the settlment of the suit the theatre owner got a sweethart rental adjustment due to the landlord’s actions.

patryan6019 on March 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm

The grand opening of the “all-new” (whatever that means)Eric Twin I and II was December 19, 1973 — and the landlord didn’t figure this out for 5 years?

patryan6019 on March 7, 2014 at 1:21 am

Contrary to the photo of the plaque, the theatre opened July 10 with ribbon-cutting by Sen.M.Harvey Taylor.

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