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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markp on October 23, 2019 at 10:33 am

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 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

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

markp on December 21, 2019 at 8:19 pm

What a crowd tonight for Christmas Vacation. Well into hundreds. The print of Rocky for Jan 10th is in Pristine condition. A 10 out of 10.

markp on February 20, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Don’t forget next Friday the 28th at 8 pm is our next movie Jurassic Park. I inspected the film print today. It is in really good shape. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.

HowardBHaas on February 29, 2020 at 3:45 am

Huge crowd enjoyed Jurassic Park last night. Upcoming 35mm films at are Caddyshack (with a 35mm Three Stooges cartoon, Brideless Goon) at 8 PM Friday March 27 and the Wizard of Oz (with a Betty Boop short)at 7 PM Sat April 11. Both with organ played before movie & free popcorn, total price only $5.

markp on March 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Upcoming 35MM movies all at 8 pm, include organ played and short subject and free popcorn: March 27, Caddyshack. April 11, Wizard of Oz. May 1, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. June 12, Spaceballs. July 17, Jaws.

markp on March 19, 2020 at 12:53 pm

Caddyshack now rescheduled for Aug 21. No movie in March.

moviebuff82 on March 20, 2020 at 8:27 am

amen. Hope that all cinemas recover and their parent companies.

markp on March 31, 2020 at 6:05 am

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood on May 1 is cancelled. No make up date announced.

markp on October 21, 2020 at 5:10 am

Movies are tentatively scheduled to return on Nov 20. Maximum 150 people. First 35MM to show is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Please check theatre website for updates, as this is subject to change.

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