AMC Bridgewater Commons

400 Commons Way,
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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AMC Bridgewater Commons

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One of many theaters in Somerset County, NJ competing with the Manville 12-plex. The Bridgewater Commons 7 was opened January 20, 1989.

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John Fink
John Fink on February 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

The dinner and movie experience is only awful because AMC does it (like many other things) wrong – the service is terrible and overly complicated but the dinner theatre concept – I can assure you all is done way better at the Alamo Drafthouse and the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn. The food selections are over priced and mediocre Applebees kind of fare, things are better at the aforementioned theaters as is service. Here they have this stupid light-up button system they never follow up on, at Alamo and Nitehawk – if you want something during the flick you write it down on a little piece of paper and stand it up at your table, they swing by – take a look it, lean in quietly ask if they had a question about the order (if not they give a thumbs up) and its out in a reasonable time. Here they complicate things with too much technology (which is probably wired for some button pusher to analyze back in Kansas City) – – of coarse these comments (like a few of the associated pictures) are in regards to Essex Green. I had been there one other time since they had opened and the service was better, the food not so much. In fact to experiment I had the same type of grilled chicken and fries as I had at AMC at Nitehawk in Brooklyn a few nights later and observed two things: Nitehawk’s was tastier and leaner (AMC’s had a lump of chewy fat) and cheaper. Nitehawk like Drafthouse also shows eccentric ads and short films (a film I made a few year ago was at Nitehawk before shows of Martha Marcy May Marlene in November) instead of ads and infomercials for TV shows – over all its a much more pleasant experience and a great way to see a movie (beer and wine also help but aren’t required). AMC has ripped off part of the concept without understanding that what makes the Alamo successful is the combination of Austin film fans, great programing, good service, good food, and a fun atmosphere. Upscale dinning this is not – for the same price you can get an excellent meal elsewhere and go see a movie at a far better theatre.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Does the outside still look like a GCC or are those old photos?

John Fink
John Fink on February 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Those would be old photos – – I’ve seen pictures of the new front and didn’t see a box office in them – the Essex Green location removed the box office and has automated ticketing in the lobby – if you must use cash (i.e.: if you’re a drug dealer) you can purchase a ticket at guest services….

John Fink
John Fink on June 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

PS: some of the photos posted here ARE NOT OF THIS THEATRE but of Essex Green. First clue is this isn’t a Cinema Suites location. This should be taken care of and photos submitted (I suspect) should be taken by those providing them to avoid this type of mistake.

moviebuff82 on August 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm

It’s been nearly five years since this theater was remodeled. Easy to get to off of route 280 in West Orange.

markp on August 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Wait Im confused. This theatre is of 202/206/22. Essex Green is off 280.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

The Bridgewater Commons 7 was designed for GCC by architect James Thomas Martino.

moviebuff82 on October 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm

It was the second GCC to have one of its auditoriums THX certified, after the original Essex Green Cinema large screen did so in the early 1980s. The third one was the rebuilt Essex Green 9 plex in 1997 and then Clifton Commons with two screens in 1999 before the plaque was removed on the main one while the second one became a liemax.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

This opened on January 20th, 1989 by General Cinema. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

moviebuff82 on March 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

As part of the rebranding, this theater will become AMC Dine-In Bridgewater Commons 7. The Fork and Screen and Cinema Suites names for each screen will be no more.

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