Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street,
Rahway, NJ 7065

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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 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.

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HowardBHaas on July 16, 2019 at 1:50 am

Projectionist MarkP posted on Facebook that the Forrest Gump 35mm print arrived, that he inspected it, and it is in excellent condition! Prior to the film, Paul Citti will play the pipe organ. For only $5 you get admission & a small popcorn, to enjoy the movie that won Academy Awards including Best Picture on the big screen of a real movie palace! July 19, see http://www.ucpac.org/films

markp on August 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Only one more week till the August 16 movie of “Stand By Me” in 35MM. Im sorry to report that due to work at Prudential Center the prior 3 days, the film will be inspected the morning of the show. Lets all hope its in good condition. I will try to post the morning of the morning. And I hope to see you all there.

HowardBHaas on August 16, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Projectionist Mark informs me that tonight “Stand by Me” print is beautiful! from website- remember only $5- The classic coming-of-age “Stand By Me” (1986), based on Stephen King’s novella “The Body,” comes to the UCPAC on 35mm film! Ticket includes free popcorn and entry to a pre-show in which an organist plays the historic “Biggest Little Wurlitzer!”

markp on September 12, 2019 at 12:31 am

Saturdays movie “The Goonies” is in immaculate condition. Only 2 splices in the entire print and some slight scratches at the very beginning of reel 5. Taken from a 70MM negative, or so the leaders told me so.

markp on September 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Very nice crowd, one of the larger ones, came out to enjoy the movie last night.

Harrygribbon2 on September 17, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Visit the Union County Performing Arts Center between the hours of 10am and 2pm Saturday, Oct. 19th and Sunday, October 20th to take an up close and personal look at the historic facilities as you are given a guided tour of the 1928 historic Main Stage facility. During your visit, you will learn of the rich history of the center and gain special access to view and experience some of its more specialized amenities such as the Wurlitzer Organ, the original 35mm projection area, as well as on stage and back stage access.

Meet the author of “Life and Death of a Movie Theater” who will be giving the tour. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1512212830/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

markp on September 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

And as an added bonus, the house projectionist is tentatively planning on being in the projection room for the Sunday tours.

markp on October 23, 2019 at 11:03 pm

Fridays 35MM print of “Hocus Pocus” is like new. Hardly any wear. I give it a 9 out of 10 as far as condition.

markp on November 21, 2019 at 1:31 am

The print of ELF is in beautiful condition. See you all on the 29th.

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