Eric Wynnewood Theater
252 East Lancaster Avenue,
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The Sameric Corporation opened the single screen Eric Wynnewood Theater in the Wynmore Shopping Center in Philadelphia’s affluent Main Line suburb of Wynnewood on April 5, 1967. The opening movie was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s presentation of Peter Brooks' “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”. Tickets for the first movie cost $2.25 for weekday evenings and $2.50 for weekend nights.
The theater had 600 seats and a 37 by 18 foot movie screen. Below the ticket booth were two handprints of Eric Shapiro, the Sameric Corporation founder’s grandson. The Wynnewood opened with an arthouse film, but showed mainstream films, too.
The auditorium’s decor was relatively plain. The metal walls and upholstering rocking chairs were teal in color.
After Sameric Corp sold their theaters to United Artists, UA continued to operate the theater. UA ceased opening and closing movies with the red curtain in 1995 and showed slides instead. The Wynnewood closed June 4, 1999 and the space became an Italian restaurant. As a restaurant, it opened as Vinny’s T. In late-2010, it became Buca di Beppo until closing in January 2013.
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