REG United Artists Pennsauken

Routes 73 and 130,
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

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R8teco
R8teco on August 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Was this the one by Pennsauken Mart?

john daggett
john daggett on May 12, 2010 at 12:24 am

Former Pennsauken Police Chief, Ray Smalfus died in 2008.

john daggett
john daggett on April 23, 2010 at 5:09 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).

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on November 11, 2009 at 2:17 am

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?

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on November 11, 2009 at 2:06 am

Does anyone have pictures of the original Eric marquee??

FeverDog
FeverDog on March 18, 2008 at 2:15 am

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.

yaggy
yaggy on March 2, 2008 at 11:45 pm

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

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

nerwall16
nerwall16 on September 24, 2007 at 8:35 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

Killerwithin
Killerwithin on February 10, 2007 at 7:00 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!)

XactoHazzard
XactoHazzard on July 10, 2006 at 9:54 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

zaxxon25
zaxxon25 on February 7, 2006 at 10:18 am

I used to go to this theater for the 70MM back in the late 80’s/early 90’s even though I lived 40 minutes away. Hellraiser II and Terminator 2 both made a much bigger impression on me. Also remember attending a showing of Big Top PeeWee with a virutal tornado going on outside while PeeWee attempted to deal with the same onscreen. Also remember it as the only place in the So Jersey area screening Do The Right Thing.

pfdrobe
pfdrobe on August 30, 2005 at 4:55 pm

I have to agree with what travis said. Working at this place was an adventure in the least. Where else could you spend your Friday nights at working in between shows enjoying a beer on the roof over looking the mart. I worked there from the summer of 1992 till 1999 as an usher,projectionist,and a manager. I think I was the Anthony Monzo and myself were the bastard children of this place because of the fact we always kept managers busy watching to make sure were up to no good. We were once suspended for gluing everything in the break room to the floor. I also remember the riots and once witnessed a women swing a high heel shoe and it stick it in the
wall. But I loved that place and I’m said to see it gone.

ps
Yo travis I think Pete Andretta name should and will always remain Pistol Packing Pete

Dave Robey

pfdrobe
pfdrobe on August 30, 2005 at 4:54 pm

I have to agree with what travis said. Working at this place was an adventure in the least. Where else could you spend your Friday nights at working in between shows enjoying a beer on the roof over looking the mart. I worked there from the summer of 1992 till 1999 as an usher,projectionist,and a manager. I think I was the Anthony Monzo and myself were the bastard children of this place because of the fact we always kept managers busy watching to make sure were up to no good. We were once suspended for gluing everything in the break room to the floor. I also remember the riots and once witnessed a women swing a high heel shoe and it stick it in the
wall. But I loved that place and I’m said to see it gone.

ps
Yo travis I think Pete Andretta name should and will always remain Pistol Packing Pete

Dave Robey

XactoHazzard
XactoHazzard on May 17, 2005 at 12:57 pm

Hi my name is Travis and I was an Employee of UA Pennsauken/Moorestown from 1992 to 1998. That theater was and is a part of me. You had to work(live) there to really appreciate it. I started working there when they did a mass hiring to fill the building with like 30 more employees. They just about to open the new 11 Plex layout. Me and about 15 of my friends from Pennsauken High School were hired for that Summer. Many of us lived there, working long hours on weekends, basically living most of our memorable years in that place. Everything in the stories above is true… the layout was awful, lobby was small and we always had to wait til Theater 6 ended before we could go to the stockroom that was located under 6’s screen. I have so many memories there, too many to mention but when us UA people get together we could talk about stories for hours. I was an Usher from 1992 til 1995, then I was transfered/promoted to Floor Supervisor at the Moorestown Plex. In 1997 I was promoted to Assistant Manager of Pennsauken 11… I was a Manager/Projectionist till Late 1998 when I was fired. By late 1997 the theater started showing signs that it was imploding in the higher ranks. The District offices were moved to the Booth area of the building to keep a close eye. Manager’s were brought in to “crack the whip” on the employees in stead of maintaining the building and it’s finances. Make the employees miserable that was our New Manager’s mission statement. We went at it many time until finally it went to the point where he could get rid of me… I always compare it to the scenes in Howard Stern’s Private Parts between Howard and Pig-vomit… The manager was like Howard, pushing the buttons of everyone in the building and the employees either took it or became enraged like pig-vomit did and then he snapped… Well that was me. So I was asked to leave, which was fine b/c I was able to finish college and move on.
By the time Regal got that building it was on it’s was out, it was a lame duck. I admit the building had it’s faults and uglyness but it was home for a long time… When I drove passed that building I saw: Usher Olympics, Mart Pretzels for breatk, Polyester Tuxedos, Gummy Bear Wars, Late Night Screenings, Trailer Marathons, Employee Parties, Softball Championships, Building films, Dropping Films, Premiere of DTS, Jurassic Park, Painting the Jurassic Park Logo on the front window, New Jersey Drive and Poetic Justice Riots, Theater 5 sellouts, Simultanious Theater 5/6&7 sellouts :o, Boyz to Men being cornered in our lobby and being forced to sing, Calling the Cops on Brandy, Selling Milk Duds to The Big Show(b4 he was the Big Show) Chuck Norris in our lobby, Armed Security, Calling the cops almost every Friday & Saturday Night, meeting my wife there when we were both 17 year old employees, make outs in the ice room and stock room, Sling Blade, Batman Returns, Projection Booth Ghost, POSTERS, etc.

I loved this place and a part of me died when they tore it down, it was like losing an old friend I just want to throw these names down b/c they were part of the heart of that place…

Anthony Monzo, Lana Poulos, Molly, Jim Schmincke, Marie Robinson, Marie Fusco, Eric Dorsett, Frank Iannuzzi, Wayne Agnew, Frank the Projectionist, Ron DeFeo, Brad Weatherby, Bill Hawthorn, Pete Gotthold, B.J. Johnson, Warner Twins, Pete Andretta, Bob Finnigan, Brian Baurele, Dave Robey, Tim Kenny.

John I will be contacting you sir.
Travis Fowler

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 23, 2005 at 7:14 am

Sounds like someone needs to change the Status on this one to Closed/Demolished.

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on April 23, 2005 at 3:06 am

I have had several replies and thank those who have visited this site, I also have met & exhanged photo’s & videos of several Eric Theatres, i look forward to meeting or hearing from others who either worked for or had any kind of connection with the Eric Pennsauken or other Sameric Theatres. My business phone number is (856) 228-1672. My email address is Thank You!

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on February 12, 2005 at 8:00 pm

I just left the complex, (2/12/05), all is destroyed, just a
pile of rubble of which the County has lost all direction, (made fools of themselves), there is no future plans, I have, as usual, continued my video coverage with extensive graphics, finding several remnants from the Sameric ‘glory’ days, all are documented…

RickB
RickB on January 14, 2005 at 4:54 pm

Demolition is now scheduled for this month. Local news story:
View link

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on December 26, 2004 at 1:22 am

With the passing of the Pennsauken theatre, the only two theatres left from the Sameric days in the Philadelphia are: The REG/UA (Eric) Montgomeryville 7 Theatre and the REG/Ua (RKO Stanley Warner/Eric)Moorestown 7 Theatre.

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on November 24, 2004 at 12:04 am

11/19/04 REVISIT, PENNSAUKEN

Th entire theatre complex is now fenced in by the demolition contractors, (a six foot high fence). The facade of the UA/Regal entrance has slipped down revealing the original green & white stripes of the former Eric II canopy, I shot this several times from several different angles. I also found & shot the base, on the roof of Eric I which used to support the, (long gone), Eric tower sign.

Note, on a prior interior shoot, I found, located & shot the original Eric II box office & booth steps.

Note, on a prior visit I located the original Eric II box office & booth steps, all documented on video.

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on October 21, 2004 at 9:33 pm

Just a revisit to the site, I have received several private messages from other Pennsauken managers, thank you!

jaybee10108081
jaybee10108081 on September 19, 2004 at 3:55 pm

I wish I had photos too, worked their long enough as manager, anyway – after speaking with Pennsauken Mart Security & the owner of the Mart I was granted permission, in early July, 2004, to access the complex with my professional video camera, keep in mind, this was about 30 days or so after Regal vacated the building. I had gained permission to shoot anywhere & everywhere & was shocked at what I saw, Rentalguy, you are absolutely correct in your description of the most outlandish recreation of modern day theatre design, looked like some kid sat down with a ruler & put it together. Unbelievable! And I was further shocked as to the conditions Regal had left, they slashed every screen, left entire phone systems, office furniture, concession equipment & supplies, projection booth equipment as well as full reels of film. I just completed editing the video, added music, graphics, (which describe anything I could find in regard to the orginal Erics I & II), I used high intensity video lighting & the completed video is excellent. ALSO, UA had transformed the former (two) smoking balconies in Eric I into excutive ‘regional’ offices, the signs advising of same still hung on the wall. It appeared that Regal never utilized these areas other than for storage. If anyone has an interest in the VHS video, (about 25 minutes), contact me at or, (856)228-1672.

rentalguy
rentalguy on September 18, 2004 at 9:47 pm

I beg to differ on the Franklin Mills 14. The GCC Franklin Mills 10 used to be a free standing building seperate from the Franklin Mills Mall. I remember seeing The Firm there, back then GCC had a concession with Taco Bell. Why that idea never worked I’ll never know, I guess the yields were better for popcorn. GCC decided to abandon that complex and build a brand new complex inside the Franlin Mills Mall. This was an odd move as the Franklin Mills 10 was a very young theatre. The new 14 is a real nice theatre with stadium seats and two THX houses-No Taco Bell though. AMC purchased the bankrupt GCC chain, if you look carefully you can still see where the GCC decorations were. Also the Pepsi logos were scraped off the cupholder armrests.

On the Pennsauken 11, I wish someone had photos of the old complex, especially the Big house before it was split. Old Theater 4 and 5 used to be one big screen with a big balcony.

timquan
timquan on September 4, 2004 at 9:55 am

I don’t think the GCC Franklin Mills 10 was replaced. It was bought by AMC Theatres in 2002, and expanded to 14 screens. But it is at the same location.