REG United Artists Pennsauken
Routes 73 and 130,
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Previously operated by: Sameric Corporation, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Architects: Armand de Cortieux Carroll
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Eric Theatre, Eric II, Eric II & III
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News About This Theater
- Jun 7, 2013 — Mystery Eric theatres
- May 23, 2012 — Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary
- Aug 21, 2009 — "Alien" 30th Anniversary
The Eric Theatre in Pennsauken, NJ was built by Sameric Corp. of Philadelphia (Sam & Mert Shapiro), as a single screen with 1,500 seats on August 17, 1965.
On December 2,1971, 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.”
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Former Pennsauken Police Chief, Ray Smalfus died in 2008.
Was this the one by Pennsauken Mart?
I’ve been there a couple times when I went to the Pennsauken Mart it was right next door I saw Serial Mom there
If my memory serves correct, this theater had 70MM projection and showed many films in 70MM. Howard Haas can you confirm this?
I do not know whether it showed 70mm.
August 17th, 1965 grand opening ad in the photo section. The ad mention 70MM.
The Pennsauken theatre had one auditorium capable of showing 70mm. My dad and I saw ‘Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade’ in 70mm Memorial Day weekend in 1989.
December 22nd 1971 grand opening ad for the Pennsauken Twin and Stratford also in photo section.
May 15th, 1992 grand opening ad for the 11-plex in the photo section. Question: Did the original 1966 auditorium was unsplit? The ad said “South Jersey’s largest auditorium”
The 1991-92 remodeling had two of the original auditoriums chopped up into smaller houses. The 900 seat house was chopped off into four smaller houses in late fall 1991, followed by the 1100 seat auditorium into four smaller houses in early 1992. The other three houses in between were left intact, including the 700 seat auditorium.