AMC Bridgewater Commons

400 Commons Way,
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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John Fink
John Fink on June 3, 2012 at 6:30 am

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.

John Fink
John Fink on February 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

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….

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

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

John Fink
John Fink on February 22, 2012 at 11:59 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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

checking out the picture of the new interior, wow….it looks like home!!! Too bad you have to pay for the ticket and wait for your meal while watching previews and ads. Somehow movies and dinner don’t mix like coke and popcorn.

caba
caba on June 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm

This theater is terrible! Do not waste your time or money. We went to see Kung Fu Panda 2, and it took them FOREVER just to take our order. It is free refills on the popcorn and drinks. I’m sure they offer that because they never ever come back to give you the refills. We had our call buttons on for 30 minutes and no one ever came over to us. Finally I had to track someone down. They overcharged my CC, said they fixed it, and I find out today that they charged me TWICE, and never credited the first charge. Terrible experience and will never go back.

machomann
machomann on November 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

$20 for just a movie! Plus the theater now serves alcoholic beverages. Just waht we need: drunk cell phone users in the theaters!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 26, 2010 at 4:12 am

According to the THX website, the THX auditorium remains certified.

KennyT
KennyT on November 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I visited AMC’s Bridgewater Commons Fork & Screen location. Just took a walk around the place and went into 2 of the auditoriums. It certainly seems like a nice place to seee a film. The cost of a ticket is $20, with $10 applied to your food bill. If you don’t order any food and just want to enjoy the comfy chairs and the extra big screen, it will cost you $20 for the movie.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Theater opened yesterday, CWalczak. All screens now digital. Is THX still in that screen?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

This theater will operate as one of AMC’s Fork & Screen theaters as of November 22, 2010: View link

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

how is the conversion going? Moviegoers who want to go to an AMC theater are being forced by AMC to visit their New Brunswick location, per AMC’s website.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I certainly appreciated UNION PROJECTIONISTS in my day,took alot of stress off of running a theatre.Now managers do everything for still low pay.Glad I got out in 1983.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

The theater is now closed for the Fork & Screen conversion: View link

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Add Essex Green to the list of NJ theaters getting the Fork and Screen Treatment….it will be the first to open this year.

John Fink
John Fink on June 3, 2010 at 3:47 am

It’s certainly an innovative use for a location that’s probably still doing decent business but is in need of refreshing. It was pretty successful years ago and was a venue that often got exclusive area bookings (I remember seeing the Almost Famous sneak preview under GCC back in the day there – great movie). Fork & Screen in the ATL had been a dinning and movie venue for a while, and they’ve added this concept to their flagship location (Main Street in Kansas City, MI) and Studio 30 (in KS), and I’ve heard talk of it coming to a location in Santa Monica area.

Of coarse its worth noting that no other theater in NJ does this to the best of my knowledge (in theater dinning), although I was always hoping National would turn Edgewater into a Cinema De Lux. Muvico at Xanadu was going to have it, as well as Jersey Gardens (they even have special seats with tables in a few larger theaters). AMC didn’t say if Bridgewater would become a Fork & Screen or Cinema Suites – with the later being more upscale, and the former being like the less hip corporate version of the Alamo Draft House. Both might work at this location since its an upscale mall, but I do remember the theater being a hit with teens/families. Unless they abandoned it for the Reading 12-plex down the street.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 3, 2010 at 1:19 am

AMC has announced that they intend to add in-theater dining and cocktail service to this theater by the end of the year: View link

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I hope AMC builds an exterior theater with stadium seating and digital 3D and not a liemax or ETX rather than run this place to the ground. This theater is probably the oldest General Cinema theater with THX to still operate in existence.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Earlier this morning the power was out at the mall. THankfully this theater wasn’t open until later that morning.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm

any word on when AMC will build a successor to this theater? Hopefully it will compete better against Manville and Hillsborough.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Advance tickets are now on sale for A Christmas Carol, which is being shown in DLP. Hopefully it will be 3D and not 2D.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 14, 2009 at 1:53 am

Any word yet on when this theater gets closed and replaced by a newer one with Sony 4k projection? Its competition in Manville got digital 3d projection (2k).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 12, 2009 at 7:15 am

Originally operated by General Cinemas. Designed by architect James Thomas Martino.