REG United Artists Pennsauken

Routes 73 and 130,
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

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Eric II

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The Eric Theatre in Pennsauken, NJ was built by Sameric Corp. of Philadelphia (Sam & Mert Shapiro), as a single screen with 1,500 seats in 1966.

In 1971, Eric II, a second theatre, in a separate building, opened with 900 seats. In 1977, the original building was divided in two, with one narrow auditorium and the bigger auditorium having 1,100 seats. The original theatre was then renamed Eric II & III, and what had opened as Eric II was renamed Eric I. Around 1983, two more auditoriums were built, and a new central lobby connected the two existing buildings.

The Sameric chain was sold to United Artists in 1988.

“I, John Daggett, was the manager from 1967 to 1977. There were so many people I worked with, I would like to hear from Dick Kane (GM), Bill Bashista (DM), Bill Sarris.”

Please email John Daggett at .

Contributed by John Daggett

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

XactoHazzard
XactoHazzard on July 10, 2006 at 6:54 pm

Update… They are planning to build storefronts and low to mid-low income housing on this huge site. The Mart finally closed and will also be reduced to dust… Pennsauken has demolished alot of history in their town, starting with the leveling of the old Walt Whitman Theater back in the 80’s. They have no concept of historical value or memories… It’s sad

Travis

Killerwithin
Killerwithin on February 10, 2007 at 4:00 am

I remember this as one of the few theaters to go to back in the 70’s, as this house and Moorestown Mall were the best and largest places to go. I saw Star Wars (‘77) when I was 7, and remember the line for the next movie as my family came out the door stretched out to Rt73. I may have only visited that theater maybe 3 or 4 times…The last time I was in there was to see A View To A Kill ('85).
Sometime in the next 7 years or so, I plan on building on a new home with a home theater complete with a lobby area… And I want to replicate the stlye of late 70’s/early 80’s era movie plexes like Pennsauken and the GCC Deptford 6 (with blue carpeted walls!)

nerwall16
nerwall16 on September 24, 2007 at 5:35 pm

i was a manager at the moorestown theater when the mart theater closed, i was sent over with another manager to salvage equipment but it seems a manager who had just been let go and his friends had torn the place to pieces they threw a trash can through screen bashed in doors and destroyed projection equipment which is sad

on a plus side i left with bags of old trailers and posters which had been stashed over the years

yaggy
yaggy on March 2, 2008 at 8:45 pm

here’s a short i threw together from old footage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ut6IBDmqhY

FeverDog
FeverDog on March 17, 2008 at 11:15 pm

I take back what I said about Marie Robinson. She was there before I came and after I left, and who was I at 15 to usurp her authority?

Been thinking about the 5 since I picked up 52 Pickup on DVD…this played in Theater 5, and its UltraStereo phonics remain in my mind. Theater 5 was unique – when will a B movie ever again play in a 1000-seat house?

Ah, all those movies I saw in 5: Rain Man, The Color of Money, Indy3, Future2, Rocky IV, Shy People, Cage, Freddy’s Dead, Child’s Play, Uncle Buck, Angel Heart, Black Rain, Look Who’s Talking…but not T2, which I saw at AMC Deptford 8, or Jurassic Park, at the Marlton 8…

But I’m taken back to 2 these days, where I experienced Patrick Swayziness in RoadHosue, the movie where we carded a score of crispy-banged Jersey chicks. A fun weekend that was. Gawd forbid a “minor” was exposed to Swayze Bum.

That same house, #2, held the opening night of The Fabulous Baker Boys, and there was a publicist from the studio there, worrying about the less-than-crowded crowd there. Ooh, Hollywood cares about the numbers at a Jersey plex, how exciting I admit it sort of was at the time.

2 was where Do The Right Thing wound up its second weekend after 4 couldn’t hold the mass.

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on November 10, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Does anyone have pictures of the original Eric marquee??

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on November 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Does anyone have any information as to what ever happened to former Sameric GM Dick Kane or his wife or daughter, (Lisa) who worked the concession stand at Eric Pennsauken? I have talked to former Eric II manager / projectionist at Pennsauken, Clem Newman who is now retired & living in Virginia. Is anyone aware as to what happened to former DM, Bill Bashista? Where is he now?

john daggett
john daggett on April 23, 2010 at 2:09 am

More names,
The Bowers girls, Pattie McMahon, Bernadette Logndro, Al Schaffer, Tom Kennedy, Harry Lsngfeld, Looney Toon (Helena Conn), Marie Robinson, Julie Robinson, Lisa Kane, Lena Caruso, Ray Smalfus, Ray Taylor, Eddie Greene, Hy Covollie, (Mart Manager), John Carr, Lisa, Susan & Donna,(CIBOLDI), Mr Morgan, Rufus, Steve Gable, Susan DiAmbrosio, Collette Hoffman, Ernie Moskovitz, Patrick Reilly,
Mert & Sam Shapiro, (owners).

john daggett
john daggett on May 11, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Former Pennsauken Police Chief, Ray Smalfus died in 2008.

R8teco
R8teco on August 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Was this the one by Pennsauken Mart?

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