This classic Vaudeville house opened as the Rahway Theater on
October 16, 1928 and featured a magnificent Wurlitzer pipe organ.
This organ was the catalyst for the preservation effort from which the 1,300-seat Arts Center emerged. Carefully restored to its golden age of grandeur, the Arts Center is a monument to an age gone by.
The Rahway Theatre organ’s 600+ pipes were installed in two lofts on both sides of the proscenium to heighten the sound. During WWII, many organs were scrapped, their metal donated to the war effort. This organ miraculously survived the arrival of sound movies and continues to be used for concerts and movies. Once one of almost 1,000 theater organs in New Jersey, it is now one of 11.
The Union County Performing Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating in the historic Rahway Theatre. Enjoying a prime location in Union County, UCPAC is dedicated to making this landmark theatre your choice for the performing arts — for education, inspiration and entertainment. This historic landmark is the cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District.
Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places
Operated by the Union County Performing Arts Center, Inc.
• Historic marquee with 2,500 lights
• Restored orchestra pit
• 9-foot chandelier with over 500 lights
• The “Biggest Little Wurlitzer” organ
For Hours: ucpac.org or call Admin. Office: (732) 499-0441 or
Box Office: (732) 499-8226. Tours available by appointment.
Photo By PeterMac13 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28131091