Eric Mark I Theatre

1800 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Marlon Martinez
Marlon Martinez on June 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Howard, I love how every car in the 70’s was dented with a hubcap missing:) Have anyone been able to access the basement of the hotel to see what it looks like now?

HowardBHaas on June 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

another photo

HowardBHaas on June 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I’ve today placed a rendering, in the photo gallery.

lonixcap on September 3, 2011 at 2:24 am

Saw Star Wars, Barry Lyndon, and The Deer Hunter there. For 70mm, it did seem small compared to the Boyd. I just remember the then-new Dolby Stereo during the space battles in Star Wars and, yeah, it rocked!

LeifJonker on July 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

No photo links for the Eric Mark 1?

HowardBHaas on June 21, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I saw more movies at the Eric Mark I than you did, and am going to disagree about the screen being “small” though it wasn’t as huge as the screen at the Boyd (Sameric).

For a long time, we had a photo of one of the dogs in the Sameric (Boyd) on our website ( It is not there now, but maybe later we will put it back up.

ediemer on June 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I should have said that “Star Wars” had been playing at Eric’s Place “for some time” before they moved it to the Mark I-six months, in fact! Remember how all Sameric theaters were required to have those two dog statues in the lobby by order of owner Shapiro? They were his dogs Duke and Duchess. Of course he named a theater after them, like he did for his son Eric. (Eric’s Place) He was nuts about those dogs-when they died, the theaters went “dark” in memory. The son ended up dying young from too much money, drugs and partying-the theaters didn’t go dark then! Anyway, the dog statues hung around for years, long after people forgot what they were for. Usually one was broken…

ediemer on June 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I went to this theater only once-to see “Dune” in 70mm. It really was not the greatest place to see a film-because of the entrances below it, the screen was not centered, but pushed to one side. People sitting on the one side were definitely out of luck. 70mm equipment was installed for “Star Wars”-the film had been playing there for some time when they made the change. The screen was rather small, so it didn’t make much difference. But 70mm at Sam’s Place or the Sameric (Boyd) was a different matter!

kencmcintyre on January 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I haven’t thought about this theater in a long time. I went to one movie there, title unrecalled, on a cold winter day, probably because I was tired of being outside. As Howard points out in the introduction, this wasn’t the happening part of town in the 80s.

nostalaged on January 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Loved seeing “Compromising Positions” here with Raul Julia & Susan Sarandon & also “Ruthless People” with Bette Midler, both back in the 80’s. I remember how green it was color schematically & had a very underground feel to it, even though it was very spacious.

srprinter on October 19, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Saw “Flashdance” there. Great memory.