Empire Theatre

1542 Irving Street,
Rahway, NJ 07065

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Previously operated by: Aldon Theater Corp., Fox Circuit

Functions: Retail, Studio

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Fox Empire Theatre, New Empire Theatre

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NEW EMPIRE Theatre, Rahway, New Jersey.

Listed in the 1926 and 1951 Film Daily Yearbooks. Last operated by the Aldon Theater Corp. chain.

On February 5, 1954, this vacant theatre was the victim of arson. A firefighter died during the firefighting. I am not sure if the building was totally destroyed by the fire.

The address became home to the Union County Dance Centre. In 2016 the upstairs was being used as artists studios and there was retail use downstairs.

Contributed by tc

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

teecee on August 2, 2006 at 5:19 pm

This one goes back to the 1920s. Here are three old lobby cards from 1929 when this theatre was known as the Fox Empire:

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mikemorano on August 2, 2006 at 7:20 pm

Appears to me that a typo was made. The date above should be 1954. That makes more sense.

kencmcintyre on July 8, 2009 at 2:04 am

The current building resembles the one seen in the 11/29/08 photo:

NJTomboy on October 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

The bldg still stands. It’s now Artist Studios upstairs, and stores on ground level. It has a, supposedly, haunted past… and present.

moviebuff82 on March 20, 2020 at 11:29 am

are there ghosts still?

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