Water Tower Cinema
750 Montgomery Glen Drive,
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Water Tower Cinema (Official)
Previously operated by: Frank Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Sameric Corporation, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Eric Montgomeryville, REG UA Montgomeryville 7, Montgomeryville Stadium 12, Frank Theatres Montgomeryville Stadium 10
This theatre was built as the single screen Eric Montgomeryville, opening on August 30, 1968. On December 20, 1974, it was twinned. On October 2, 1976, it became a three-screener. On March 24, 1989 it became the Eric 7 Montgomeryville when it added four more screens.
The Eric theatre had 70mm capability when it showed “Return of the Jedi” there in 1983. Eric theatres were sold in 1989 to United Artists, which became Regal and they departed this theatre in April, 2006. Frank Theatres then tookover the lease and renovated. It was closed in January 2019 as Frank Theatres filed for bankruptcy reorganisation. It was reopened on November 15, 2019 as the Water Tower Cinema with auditoriums ranging from 80 to 300-seats.
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All I have to say is wow. I stopped going to this theatre years ago when Regal took over because it was a dump. Since they renovated the theatres to stadium I started going back and have been very pleased. Today when I got there with the kids to see the new Alvin movie, I got a nice surprise. The whole theatre now shows digital movies. No more film! They have Sony 4K machines that made it look like an LCD tv in hi-def. I am not aware of any other theatre in the Philly area that has done this completely. Very nice surprise, if they only didn’t split movies with that dump AMC down the road I would never go elsewhere. Very nice indeed!
That arrangement of splitting films with the AMC 309 Cinema is a holdover from the 1970’s/1980’s when the Budco 309 Cinema Twin and Eric Montgomeryville Theatre were locally owned.
Correction! We only have 10 screens! Please correct this, I work there so I would know that we have 10 screens, but if you look up the show times you’ll clearly see there is only enough times for 10 screens. Frank Theaters is supposed to expand again to give us a new lobby, new concession stand and 2 new screens but who knows when that’ll happen, they haven’t even given us a real sign yet, we just have a tarp over the old United Artists sign!
Gene Sussman was manager from the opening,
where is he today? I remember he was so
happy that he installed pink spot lights
in the lobby. He had a GF who assisted.
Her name was Janet.
March 24th, 1989 grand opening ad as a 7-plex cinema in the photo section.
August 30th, 1968 , December 20th, 1974 and October 22nd, 1976 grand opening ads in the photo section.
Added some photos in of a few things from late 90s, early 2000s. This was a good place to work pre-Regal, who took over in 2001.
Wow. In the newspaper advertisement photo showing the opening of the newly twinned Montgomery in 19975, I can see that AIRPORT 1975 was playing at the Mayfair Theater in PHilly. I went to that showing at the Mayfair that week! What are the chances…
I was Manager of the Eric 3 Montgomeryville from December 1983 to November 1984 and then became a DM for the Eric Theaters first in Bucks Co and Jersey then Delaware and Chester and Montgomery counties.
During the time of 83-84 we never split films (or played) the same films as the 309 Cinema.