Rutgers Plaza 6

1030 Easton Avenue,
Somerset, NJ 08873

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Rutgers Plaza Cinemas I & II, Cinema VI

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Rutgers Plaza 6

Opened as a twin theatre in December 1973. Then in the early-1980’s added four more screens. I remember it to be the first multiplex in the Somerset/New Brunswick area. It closed in late-2000 due to poor turnout when the Loews opened on the site of the old Rt. 1 flea market. The building was razed in early-2005.

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RP6vet on February 14, 2006 at 7:46 am

Growing up I lived within walking distance of Rutgers Plaza. I would spend every Friday there watching what ever movie I had my mind set on (usually something in the Horror genre). In 1992 I joined the GCC staff. First I worked the Floor cleaning theaters and rippping tickets. Later I moved on to Concession, Box Office, corn popping, and yes…that was me on the Marquee every Thursday putting up new titles (for anyone who ever honked or yelled up to me…I thank you).
I worked with a great group of people…Ant,Liza,Laura,Bryan,Toto,Dave,Dean,Jennifer,Denise,The Michelles,Doris,Rich,Cory,Kate….and most of all the man that let us holligans get away with having so much fun, Lee M.
Worked there until 1997….but returned on Oct.12th 2000 (the final night of operations) and walked the auditoriums and back hallways one last time. Had a blast being a part of the “GCC Posse”

teecee on March 3, 2006 at 4:54 pm

Not listed in the 1970 Film Daily Yearbook. Listed in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac under New Brunswick as Rutgers Plaza Cinema I & II.

captnemo on July 24, 2006 at 11:46 am

-My favorite memory of Rutgers Plaza was being in the audience on October 31st, 1978 for a screening of Hallowwen on its first run. It was the 8 pm show. At one point in the film is a title reading “Oct. 31, 1978. 9:15 pm.” I looked at my watch and that was the exact time. I felt like I was watching the film in real time. Very spooky.
-Of course, I would later help re-open the theater when it was twinned in 1982-83. Mr. Camelli borrowed me from Menlo Park for a while. He was another awesome manager, along with Mr. Rizzo and Mr. Misareck(spelled wrong).

captnemo on July 24, 2006 at 11:48 am

My goof. I was there when the 4 theaters had just been added on. What a mess that was! Nice big candy room, though. Not the smelly closet that was at Menlo Park.

BarryMonush on September 5, 2006 at 9:55 am

This cinema followed the design of several General Cinemas of the era, one big auditorium with a smaller one next to it. These were okay, but the four “boxes” that they added in the 1980s were much too small. You always hoped whatever movie you were going to see was in one of the original auditoriums and not the boxes. The place holds a lot of good memories from my days at Rutgers and living in the area afterwards. (I remember a FREE screening of HOOSIERS, with Gene Hackman).

markp on February 26, 2008 at 8:39 pm

I’m glad that Gschmidt thinks Lee M was such a great guy. He may well have been in the 90’s, but I can tell you first hand that in 2004, he was nothing more than a lying you-know-what. He took over a theatre for Clearview, and proceded to get rid of the projectionist union, of which I am a part of. I lost a $50,000 a year job because of that “great guy”

markp on February 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

The original theatre was built as a twin in the early 70’s. The additional 4 were added in the mid 80’s.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Listings for this cinema started on December, 1973 as a twin. 6 screens on May 24th, 1984. 1984 ad in photo section.

Matt Ceccato
Matt Ceccato on January 30, 2019 at 7:57 am

I saw “Batman” at this theater on its opening night in 1989. The projectionist tried to string two prints to four auditoriums and the show was delayed for over an hour…

CaseyTheElectabuzzFan on November 29, 2023 at 4:59 pm

Closed sometime in late 2000

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