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 35 comments)

yaggy on March 2, 2008 at 8:45 pm

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

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 on November 10, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Does anyone have pictures of the original Eric marquee??

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 on August 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Was this the one by Pennsauken Mart?

MrX on November 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I’ve been there a couple times when I went to the Pennsauken Mart it was right next door I saw Serial Mom there

Mikeoaklandpark on November 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

If my memory serves correct, this theater had 70MM projection and showed many films in 70MM. Howard Haas can you confirm this?

HowardBHaas on November 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I do not know whether it showed 70mm.

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