Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street,
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Union County Performing Arts Center (Official)
Architects: David M. Oltarsch
Previous Names: Rahway Theatre, RKO Rahway Theatre
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 2 manual 7 ranks 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. The Wurltzer organ is still played for silent movies and also when classic films are screened.
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