491 Allendale Road,
King of Prussia,
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The stand-alone Plaza Theatre opened in 1965 with Charlton Heston in “Major Dundee”. It received its name by being located across the street from the Plaza at King of Prussia Mall. There was some glass exterior frontage, and a nicely designed lobby.
Seating was on the main floor and a balcony. The balcony was set relatively far back in the auditorium. The Eric Plaza was twinned c.1975, by building a wall down the middle of the auditorium. Even after twinning, each auditorium had between 500 and 550 seats and a not too small screen of about twenty five feet wide for ‘scope films. Curtains were used in front of the screens until 1994 when United Artists ceased using curtains.
In 1980, Sameric Corporation of Philadelphia took over the Eric Plaza Theatre. The theatre was later operated by United Artists after they bought Sameric Corp’s. theatres in 1989. The theatre closed in 1999 as United Artists opened in 2000 the King of Prussia megaplex on the other side of the mall.
The Wolfsonian in Florida have a design drawing and three photos of the theatre in their collection. Drew Eberson is attributed as the architect.
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