Somerville Circle Triplex

Route 22,
Somerville, NJ 08876

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Opened in 1975 as the Somerville Circle Twin in the Somerville Circle shopping center. It was operated by General Cinema Corp. from the 1970’s until the 1980’s when it was converted into a triple-screen cinema.

It was not as fancy as Menlo Park Cinema or as enjoyable as Blue Star Cinemas in Watchung, but it was popular enough to be the exclusive Central Jersey theatre for “Grease” in 1978.

It was closed in 1995.

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timquan
timquan on July 17, 2006 at 1:35 pm

I think the name of the theatre was the Somerville Circle Triplex. It was operated by General Cinema from the 70s to the late 80s. It was near the circle intersection of US Routes 202/206 and 22.

BarryMonush
BarryMonush on September 6, 2006 at 3:35 am

The Somerville Circle Triplex closed in 1995, if I remember correctly. It bore a resemblance in design to the original Rutgers Plaza Cinema. It no doubt was hurt by the fact that people preferred to go to the nearby Bridgewater Commons Cinema, which had opened in the late 1980s.

markp
markp on May 14, 2008 at 1:59 pm

The Sommerville Circle Twin, Rutgers Plaza Twin, and Brunswick Square Twin, were all built at the same time, around 1973 by General Cinema. The Circle was tripled in 1979, and Rutgers became a sixplex in 1984. Brunswick remained a twin until GCC closed it in the 90’s. I worked as a projectionist at the Circle and the Square, but not the 6.

SPOK
SPOK on June 28, 2008 at 4:01 am

I was sorry to see this cinema go. I saw STAR TREK II there shortly before I left for Army active duty. Those were the days when the Somerville Circle was actually a circle. In my travels I pass the site several times a month. The old cinema building now houses a hardware store.

hondo59
hondo59 on June 28, 2008 at 5:44 am

The GCC Somerville Circle Theater (Triplex) was completely torn down. A PC Richards electronics store was built in its place and pretty much in the same configuration. Seats and all went to the landfill.

verranth1
verranth1 on October 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

A tribute to Central New Jersey Movie Theaters that brought happiness to thousands of people but have sadly been demolished. The theaters may be gone but the memory lives on and here is a place were we can discuss, reminisce, and remember.

This group can also be open to other thetheaters the surrounding areas such as Somerville, Plainfield, Westfield and other areas of Somerset County. Please feel free to post your stories and in particular any ads, photos or memorabilia you may have. Many Thanks and…enjoy the show!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MenloBlueStarCinemas

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