Water Tower Cinema

750 Montgomery Glen Drive,
Montgomeryville, PA 19446

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Do on August 29, 2022 at 2:51 pm

During the time of 83-84 we never split films (or played) the same films as the 309 Cinema.

Do on August 29, 2022 at 2:49 pm

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.

hondo on January 22, 2022 at 6:42 am

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…

Kathy on January 13, 2022 at 1:46 pm

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.

rivest266 on October 10, 2016 at 2:41 am

August 30th, 1968 , December 20th, 1974 and October 22nd, 1976 grand opening ads in the photo section.

rivest266 on June 1, 2014 at 3:40 am

March 24th, 1989 grand opening ad as a 7-plex cinema in the photo section.

john daggett
john daggett on December 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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.

thecorneredfox on June 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

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!

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

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.

JohnQue on December 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

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!

blkdog on May 16, 2008 at 6:44 am

MikeRa: No Joke, I saw Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead in a theater with I think 5 rows!!! Some are still pretty big and very nice though!

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

The 1980’s beige-colors that is in Frank’s Montgomeryville Stadium 12 is probally a holdover from it’s days as Sameric Theatres' Eric Montgomeryville 3 Theatre/United Artists Montgomeryville 7 Theatre.

What i’m trying to figure ou is how they were able to fit 12 Stadium seating theatres in a complex designed (after add-on') as a 7 theatre complex?

HulkieD on March 15, 2008 at 11:56 am

One of the more interesting theatres I’ve been to. It’s a bizarre blend of 80s multiplex and 00s megaplex. The lobby is the 80s multiplex, beige-colored, bland, nondescript. Then you go into the theatres… and you’ve advanced twenty years. Comfy high-back seats, stadium seating, and cup holders. Staff is quite friendly.

Not sure if I’d rank this at the top, but it’s a nice diversion from the AMCs and Regals of the area.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2007 at 12:10 pm

This is exterior in 2006 as a 7 screener are here:http://www.maglietta.org/my_so_called_life/movies/franktheatres.htm

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2007 at 5:24 am

Listed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer movieclock as Montgomeryville Stadium 12
Corner Rte 309 and Rte 202 Behind Home Depot and Sports Authority
“All New Stadium Theatres with Digital Sound”

regalsucks on June 20, 2006 at 1:50 pm

Bye the way, Regal sucks :)

regalsucks on June 20, 2006 at 1:48 pm

There is approval to build at the Costco site but there is no bidder seeing as how the genius landlord wants 7 million for the site. Way more than would be worth the size theatre that can be placed there. AMC’s lease is up at the end of Summer or so. They are likely going bye bye. The Frank Theatre is soon to be 14 screens. Word on the street says the construction will start there before August, seeing as how the Township already approved the plans.

blkdog on June 19, 2006 at 8:23 am

Anyone know if they are opening a new theater where Costco is on 309… OR if the AMC 309 is closing???

regalsucks on May 16, 2006 at 12:25 pm

Regal did give up on 4/28/06 because they are idiots. They fired everyone with no notice. Frank Theatres came in and hired everyone back. The theatre is slated for expansion and renovation in the very near future. Stay tuned…..

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 6, 2006 at 2:47 am

This theatre, as of 5/5/2006, is now known as “Frank Theatres' Montgomeryville 7 Theatre”. I am guessing Regal has finally given up on this former Sameric Theatres property.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 20, 2006 at 7:59 am

REG Montgomeryville 7 Theatre opened in 1968/69 by Sam Shapiro as “Eric Montgomeryville Theatre”. It was twinned in late 1974. It became Eric Montgomeryville 3 Theatre in mid to late 1976. Between 1986 and 1989, the theatre added 4 more screens and became Eric Montgomeryville 7 Theatre. In 1992, United Artists dropped the “Eric” name from all the Philadelphia area theatres they acquired when they bought out Sameric Rocking Chair Theatres Company in 1988.

timquan on August 30, 2005 at 2:54 pm

When the Eric Montgomeryville became a twin complex, did they twin the old theatre or added a new building? And when the Eric II became Eric 3, did they twin one of the buildings? And how did they add the 4 screens?

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 27, 2005 at 2:29 pm

The REG Montgomeryville 7, as well as the AMC 309 Cinema 9 Theatre that further down on Rt. 309, are examples of old movie theatres that are still operating. (REG Montgomerville 7 opened as Eric Montgomeryville Theatre, the AMC 309 Cinema 9 opened as Budco 309 Cinema Theatre, on the same grounds with the Budco 309 Drive In

Batuglia on August 9, 2005 at 8:42 am

The theatre opened in 1962 as a single screen theatre. It has since been added on to a couple of times. There is currently rumor that the theatre will be renovated by Regal Cinemas some time next year because the lease is soon to expire. I find it great because of the location and the staff is very nice. The place is a bit run down so let Regal know that they should fix it up.

timquan on July 24, 2005 at 4:07 am

Did this theatre complex originally start out as a single-screen theatre? When did it open?