Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street,
Rahway, NJ 7065

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Previously operated by: 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 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.

Recent comments (view all 78 comments)

markp on October 21, 2020 at 8:10 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.

HowardBHaas on January 21, 2021 at 2:39 pm

35mm movie schedule: all Fridays 8 PM Jan 22, Spaceballs, Feb 26 at 8 PM, The Shining, March 19 at 8 PM Caddyshack, April 30 at 7:30 PM Wizard of Oz, July 9 at 8 PM Jaws. $5, organ concert included. I understand the Spaceballs print is great, like new!

markp on January 21, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Yes the Spaceballs print, considering the age is in mint condition. Barely any wear. Im not sure on how many people will be allowed to attend given the ongoing restrictions. If im correct I think 150 is the max. Best to check with the theatre before heading out.

HowardBHaas on January 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm

a quick glimpse online does indicate 150 max due to ongoing restrictions. I’ll say that will NOT be a problem because quite a few people are avoiding all movies out of fear. This is an enormous theater so everybody can be distanced quite a bit apart, so hopefully should feel “safe.”

HowardBHaas on February 25, 2021 at 11:56 am

I understand The Shining print is from WB Archives and like new condition! Mono sound like I think the original sound was when the movie was released. Tomorrow eve, see my post above on Jan 21.

markp on February 25, 2021 at 4:50 pm

Seats were being sanitized as I left today to get ready for tomw show.

markp on February 27, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Nice crowd last night. Picture was blazing off the screen. Sound kicked butt. A very enjoyable night was had by all.

markp on March 9, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Upcoming 35MM events: March 19, Caddyshack. April 3rd, old school Kung Fu double feature, (theatre rental, not part of the monthly classic series), and April 30, Wizard of Oz.

markp on March 18, 2021 at 1:09 pm

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 9:16 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.

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