Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street,
Rahway, NJ 7065

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Previously operated by: Aldon Theater Corp., RKO

Architects: David M. Oltarsch

Functions: Concerts, Movies (Classic), Performing Arts

Previous Names: Rahway Theatre, RKO Rahway Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 732.499.8226
Manager: 732.499.0441

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Union County Performing Arts Center

The Rahway Theatre opened on October 16, 1928 with a seating capacity of 1,449. The opening movie was Ricardo Cortez in “The Grain of Dust”. Organist Chet Kingsbury opened the Wurlitzer 2 manual 7 ranks organ.

This former movie and vaudeville house in Rahway, New Jersey has been reborn as a performing arts and concert venue that still shows classic films from time to time. The main original auditorium now seats 1,340.

The Performing Arts Center also has other spaces used as live theatre and performing arts spaces. There is also the Loft studio space which seats 60. The Union County Performing Arts Center also includes a separate building housing the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts which has a main stage seating 199 and another studio space seating 60. The Wurltzer organ is still played for silent movies and also when classic films are screened.

Recent comments (view all 86 comments)

markp on March 18, 2021 at 10:09 am

Caddyshack print is inspected and is in very good condition. Oh and a side note, the kung fu double feature is cancelled.

HowardBHaas on December 3, 2021 at 6:16 pm

I’m told by Mark the projectionist that “It’s A Wonderful Life” print is a pristine 35mm print, from the Library of Congress, looking glorious! It will be screened tomorrow at 2 PM and 7 PM.

markp on February 16, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Mark the Projectionist here folks. This Sunday starting at 1 pm, we have 2 pristine prints of Sidney Poitier movies. At 1 pm “To Sir With Love”, and at 3:30 “In the Heat of the Night”, with organ playing between shows. Not to be missed. These prints are in tip top shape.

HowardBHaas on March 11, 2022 at 5:01 am

8 PM tonight, 35mm directed by the late Peter Bogdanovich “The Last Picture Show” (1971) $8 includes free popcorn with pipe organ at 7:30 PM by Eric Fahner before the movie.

markp on July 8, 2022 at 6:41 pm

The prints of “Strangers on a Train”, and “North by Northwest” are inspected and in pristine condition. Shows on July 22 and 23.

markp on October 26, 2022 at 10:30 am

Dont forget everyone, this Sunday Oct 30 at 3 pm is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. See it on 35MM pristine archive print from Warner Bros.

markp on November 16, 2022 at 11:31 am

Just finished inspecting the print of “The Freshman”. Its a mint condition print. Dont forget it will be accompany by live organ. 3 pm Sunday.

markp on December 22, 2022 at 1:28 pm

Just finished tomorrows movie “Muppets Christmas Carol.” Print is in decent condition. Very surprised for a 30 year print. I also inspected Januarys movie “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.” A brand New never used print.

markp on December 31, 2022 at 6:23 pm

THe Jan 6 print, as mentioned above, is brand new never run print.

markp on February 9, 2023 at 4:04 pm

This Saturday at 730, Do The Right Thing on 35MM film. Print is a Universal vault print in beautiful condition.

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