Eric Twin

690 Whitehead Road,
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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Previously operated by: Sameric Corporation

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Twin Lawrenceville

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Located in the Lawrence Shopping Center, this theater was built in the late-1960’s/early-1970’s. During the 1970’s, it was the place to see the big movies such as “Star Wars” and “Alien”. It survived the initial competition of the nearby newer mall theaters but eventually closed in the early-1990’s. The theater has been converted to additional retail space.

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markp on January 20, 2009 at 6:11 am

I remember how hot that summer was because I was working at the General Cinema Woodbridge. It was still a single screen, to be twinned that fall. I worked also at the General Cinema Menlo Park Twin where we were showing “Star Wars”. The reason I remember the heat was because I always changed the marquee signs, and even at 10:00 at night it was blistering hot.

azpuma68 on December 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I saw Star Wars here on opening night in 1977. Will never forget it. I also stood in that long line for Return of the Jedi on opening day. Others I saw here include Airport 77, Silverstreak, For your eyes only, and Goodfellas, which must have been near the end.

rivest266 on October 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

July 23rd, 1969 grand opening ad has been posted here

MichaelP on November 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I was driving home from Maine the other day and decided to take a short cut down rye206 thru Princeton. Driving thru Lawrenceville got me feeling a little nostalgic. I was the Manager/Operator for this twin house for several months in 85/86. I was from Bucks County so this was a bit of a drive. I stayed here until another twin house closer to home opened up, another Eric theatre in the Lincoln Plaza next to the Oxford Valley Mall. It was a long time ago and I think I remember my crew more than the movies I showed. But I do remember “Short Circuit” being a big deal. Its still one of my favorite movies. Good Times. :)

HowardBHaas on June 4, 2013 at 5:27 am

I’ve added 2 photos to the gallery. Not absolutely sure they are this cinema, but probably are.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

It is the Eric Lawrenceville Theatre. It is an exact replica of the Eric Concordville Theatre, with a few difference, including the entrance is the reverse of the Concordville. The small marque under the “ERiC” sign looks like was added after the theatre was twinned.

realgone222 on July 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I setup an account for this site just to comment on this theater. I was amazed to find a photo and commentary on this one. Its a Retro Gym now but for the life of me I always recalled it being a movie theater from when I was a child. I could never confirm it with friends and family and who didnt believe be because the structure is so small. But indeed it was a theater. I saw some movie there perhaps ‘Harry and the Hendersons’ with friends of my family. I distinctly recall the shopping center as well which I think had a ‘Dunhams’ which is now the BCF.

FORLAWRENCE on July 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

the memories, location is incorrect but I remember watching Super Mario Brothers and after the movie you got a chance to get a movie ticket for free if u got the furthest into the game without giving up a life. Where does the time go.

Realgone222 nobody believes me it is a theater either lol

MSC77 on December 2, 2021 at 11:23 am

Does anyone know why this cinema seems to have been exempt from UA’s takeover of the SamEric chain? Who owned it post-SamEric?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 7, 2024 at 4:23 pm

I’m late to the game – From the 5/4/1988 edition of the Allentown Morning Call. A representative from UA was attributed as saying “The sale did not include five Sameric theatres in Harrisburg and Princeton, N.J.” The U.S. Justice Department prohibited United ARtists from acquiring those because the company owned enough theaters in those markets,"

Am trying to find reference to who may have operated it after Sameric, if indeed this is one of the five UA never operated. I see it continuing as the Eric Lawrenceville until around 1992, so interesting that if it wasn’t UA, they were able to continue to call it the Eric Theater.

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