Empire Theatre

1542 Irving Street,
Rahway, NJ 07065

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NEW EMPIRE Theatre, Rahway, New Jersey.

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Listed in the 1944 and 1951 Film Daily Yearbooks.

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.

Today, the address is home to the Union County Dance Centre.

Any additional information on this theatre would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by tc

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teecee
teecee on August 2, 2006 at 2:19 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
mikemorano on August 2, 2006 at 4:20 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2008 at 10:04 am

Was this also known as the New Empire Theater?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm

The current building resembles the one seen in the 11/29/08 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/md92mt

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2009 at 4:01 am

Here is the matching map.

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