Eric Pilgrim Gardens

1065 Pontiac Road,
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

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Previously operated by: Sameric Corporation

Functions: Retail

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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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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?

Norm on December 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm

I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark here.Plus many more movies.

Do on September 16, 2022 at 4:14 pm

HbHaas : Somehow the number 900 seats sticks in my head. As remember the booking pecking order in those days was Eric Twin Ardmore,Eric Wynnewood, then Eric zlawrence park ,Eric Pgrim Gardens and then Eric Twin Barclay Sw, then Eric Terminal. The Ardmore was home to Jack Murray who was doorman for 30+ years. Pilgrim rarely used the balcony

Mikeoaklandpark on September 17, 2022 at 10:18 am

As many times as i went to this theater I never knew it had the balcony

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