Eric Allentown

4th Sreet & Hamilton Street,
Allentown, PA 18102

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Eric Allentown auditorium

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The Sameric Corp of Philadelphia built the Eric Allentown as a single screen. As the photo originally saved by the Sameric Corp shows “Oliver” on the marquee, that 1968 movie likely opened the theater. Eventually, there were additions to the building. By the early-1970’s there were a total of 2 auditoriums, by the late-1970’s, three screens, and by the early-1980’s, 5 screens.

United Artists operated the theater after acquiring all the Eric theaters from Sameric Corp. The theater closed in 1999 after the Carmike Cinemas Allentown-16 opened in that year, but the original and newer Eric buildings have since been reused for other purposes.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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Coate
Coate on June 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

It’s about time this theater got an entry in the database! I pointed out it needed a page over three years ago in my “Empire” retrospective. Anyway, it’s nice to see it get a page, but I’d like to make a request to those who create pages: Please stop generalizing/approximating the grand-opening and screen-expansion timeline. Why not conduct actual research from a primary source and obtain accurate and comprehensive information the first time around?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

M Coate, we (Friends of the Boyd) purchased 22 Eric theater photos. I’ve gone to a lot of time & effort to identify all but one & post them on this site (since only one -this one- had its name on the back of the photos) and I’ve added a few theater pages when needed such as this one. I do prefer as accurate details as I can find, but have no time to research primary sources for most theaters. However, if anybody puts detail info as Comments, I do take the time to revise the Introduction. Coming soon: a night time photo! We purchased the remaining photos from the series.

bwmoll3
bwmoll3 on July 30, 2013 at 5:07 am

This opened up as the Eric Twin in 1969. “On Her Majesties Secret Service” was shown there in 70mm. At the time it was the only theater in Allentown capable of showing the widescreen print.

All the other theaters at the time downtown could only show 35mm with a “Scope” lens

Matthew_Folger
Matthew_Folger on December 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Some of my fondest memories are of my dad taking me to movies at this theater. I’m sure there were more than I remember but Star Trek VI and Goldeneye are two I recall. I know economics claim old movie theaters and that’s just part of the business, but man do I wish I could go back there.

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