The Union County Performing Arts Center, an iconic landmark that serves as the foundation of the Rahway Arts District, is housed in the refurbished Rahway Theater, conveniently situated in downtown Rahway, in close proximity to a New Jersey transit train station.
Because of the center's important role in the cultural renaissance and revitalization of the community, the formerly known Rahway Theatre was officially renamed to its present name in October of 1985 by the Resolution of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Part of the allure of the Union County Performing Arts Center is that it affords its visitors an experience of viewing live performances in a vintage 1928 vaudeville and silent film setting with just over 1,300 seats. Recognized as one of the biggest functioning theaters for the performing arts in Union County, the center was reconstructed to its golden age beauty, strengthening its iconic role as an emblem to an age gone by.
One of the Center's highlights is the original Wurlitzer organ which gives off a huge sound earning the nickname "biggest little Wurlitzer." It is a modest Wurlitzer of seven ranks (500 pipes, plus-percussive) and is considered to be the reason for the birth of the Center and its preservation efforts. The instrument has been regularly played and recorded by both celebrity players and volunteers alike since its restoration in the 1960s.
The Union County Performing Arts Center is a thriving landmark and a qualified institution of the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Today, listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places, the theatre functions as a multi-purpose stage for the performing arts, providing live performances that are affordable, educational, and responsive to the diverse interests of the communities. It is dedicated to making this landmark theatre the people?s choice for the performing arts for learning, entertainment, and inspiration.
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