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 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.”

Please email John Daggett at .

Contributed by John Daggett

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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?

MrX
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
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
HowardBHaas on November 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I do not know whether it showed 70mm.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

August 17th, 1965 grand opening ad in the photo section. The ad mention 70MM.

timquan
timquan on June 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 19, 2016 at 7:16 am

December 22nd 1971 grand opening ad for the Pennsauken Twin and Stratford also in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm

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”

timquan
timquan on July 6, 2016 at 5:51 am

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.

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