Eric 3 Fairless Hills

S. Olds Boulevard,
Fairless Hills, PA 19030

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Previously operated by: Sameric Corporation, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: John T. Brugger Jr., David Dean Freeman

Firms: Brugger & Freeman

Previous Names: Eric Theatre, Eric Twin Fairless Hills

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Eric 3 Fairless Hills

Located in the Fairless Hills Shopping Center, this early Eric Theatre opened on December 25, 1963 with Doris Day in “Move Over, Darling” and 1,400-seats. It was equipped with 70mm projection & stereophonic sound. It reopened as a twin along with the Eric Lawrenceville Twin on November 12, 1976.

It became three screens in 1983. It was closed in late-1992/early-1993.

Contributed by mike rivest

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

rivest266 on May 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

Grand opening ad and photo in photo section.

brianj on June 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

i remember, in 83, the theater reopened after having a third room added, and had return of the jedi on two screens. they also had a mini golf course and go carts towards the end of the theater’s existence.

brianj on June 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm

just a question, when did they expand to 5 rooms, i think when the theater closed it was still 3 rooms. anyone verify this.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I have newspaper ads from 6/1/1991 and this theatre is still listed as “Eric 3 Fairless Hills”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Boxoffice of July 6, 1964, ran a two-page spread about the Eric Theatre in Fairless Hills (link which might or might not last, Boxoffice being an unreliable online presence.) The 1,400-seat house featured a 28x60-foot curved screen and a box office located in an enclosed storm lobby.

The project was designed by the King of Prussia-based architectural firm Brugger & Freeman (John T. Brugger, Jr. and David Dean Freeman) who also designed the King Theatre in King of Prussia, opened a few months earlier than the Eric.

Samuel Shapiro had operated both indoor and outdoor theaters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for some time, but had only recently formed the Sameric Company and was rapidly expanding his operations. The King Theatre was the first in his new chain, and the Fairless Hills house was the first location to have the name Eric Theatre.

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