Eric Pilgrim Gardens

1065 Pontiac Road,
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

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The Stalking Moon, photography Robert B. Grubb

The Sameric Corp. of Philadelphia opened the Eric Pilgrim Gardens in the Pilgrim Gardens shopping center in Drexel Hill, PA in Delaware County in the Philadelphia suburbs on January 15, 1969. The opening movie was Jane Fonda in “Barbarella”. The theatre had 70mm capability. It closed in the 1980’s and the building is currently a Dollar Tree Store.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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bobc316 on June 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

saw 2 movies there BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA THE MOVIE IN 1978 it was a pilot for there new series. and in 1983 clash of the titans. WHEN qvc went out and relocated, i purchased all 12 or so seats i focused on them from first time i saw them.

markinthedark on June 14, 2013 at 1:11 am

Are those exit doors in the middle of the screen?

Mikeoaklandpark on June 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

Markinthedark, they were exits under the screen. The Eric McDade Mall was also the same until they quaded it.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Mikeoaklandpark, the Sameric chain also didn’t twin the Wynnewood, Mark I, and Eric’s Place Theatres.

HowardBHaas on June 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

These are Abt’s comments from the homepage item as to Mystery Eric Theatres-

who could forget the exit doors BELOW the screen. Saw Damnation Alley in Sound 360 here (a failed attempt at recreating sensurround). The theater also had 70MM capability (Starman, Raiders, among others) and, for its time, was a well run house.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

Micahel Rambo that is so true I should have rememebred the Wynwood since I worked there.

robtadrian on August 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

I saw the 2001 reissue here in the 80s…which was nice

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 7:17 am

This opened on January 15th, 1969. Grand opening ad in photo section.

Do on September 16, 2020 at 7:17 am

I was a district manager for Sameric, Pilgrim Gardens was one of my theaters. During the run of “Stand by Me” ,Phil Collins I town with Genesis,attended a show sitting in the balcony which was usually closed to patrons.

HowardBHaas on September 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm

DO, how many seats did this theater have?

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