Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street,
Rahway, NJ 7065

Unfavorite 11 people favorited this theater

Union County Performing Arts Center

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Rahway Theatre opened on October 16, 1928 with a seating capacity of 1,449. The opening movies were “Tenderloin” starring Dolores Costello and “Ham and Egg at the Front” with Myrna Loy. 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.

Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

GDellaFa on September 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

No more movies?…

HarryGribbon on September 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Movies will be a part of the upcoming year’s schedules. Program for next film selection will be posted shortly. Watch the website WWW.UCPAC.com or watch this space. Future films from Classics to Independants will be posted in the schedule. Feel free to email suggestions to and they will be reviewed and forwarded. The Art Center always desires to hear patrons requests.
Or come visit and speak to us yourself during 4 Centuries weekend, Oct 16 and 17, 2010.

mdvoskin on September 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I hope it’s movies projected from 35mm film? The consumer quality video that the UCAC was showing since the renovation looks terrible.

HarryGribbon on December 17, 2010 at 7:07 am

The Union County will be having a film show January 6th 2011, the first Thursday of the month, at 7:00 PM. Classic films and cartoons of the thirties will be shown from film on our big screen. See http://ucpac.org/images/Image/FilmShortsFlyer.pdf for title information. ADMISSION IS FREE. Come in early and enjoy a walk around our fully restored 1928 vaudeville theater. Cameras welcome before show starts.

markp on September 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Worked here a few times in its final days as a porn house and again in 1999 as a projectionist.

teecee on September 28, 2014 at 6:03 am


HarryGribbon on September 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

Classic films are never shown in the “video” format. Some current short film festivals are, since they were shot and distributed on video. The theater is outfited with “reel” movie projectors. There will be another tour this October 18 & 19 showing the Classic Silent Picture/Vaudeville theater in its 86th year. for information see ucpac.org

HarryGribbon on September 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

This October 25th at 8PM will feature the original Lon Chaney “Phantom of the Opera” by film on our big screen. Admission is $7.00. Come in costume and be entered in our prize drawing. At the “Biggest Little Wurlitzer” is Bernie Andersen, using the organ for its first feature performance since the $270,000 restoration. It’s a night not to be missed. From NYC, the theater is 4 minutes walk from the NJ Transit Train Station in Rahway. For more info on the theater or organ, see UCPAC.ORG or http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2014/09/1928_wurlitzer_that_saved_union_county_arts_ to see the organ in action!

markp on September 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

They need a projectionist?? Im available

markp on May 31, 2015 at 5:05 am

Was there as the projectionist last night to run 1927’s Wings on the updated projection equipment. Nice to be back there after 15 years.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater