Venues

The Main Stage at UCPAC

More About The Main Stage at UCPAC

The Union County Performing Arts Center’s Main Stage is housed in the restored “Rahway Theatre” – which has resided in Downtown Rahway since 1928. This historic landmark has become the centerpiece of the recently established arts district of Rahway, New Jersey, which has played a vital role in the revitalization and cultural renaissance of the community.

The magic of this venue lies in the heart of the facility; a restored vaudeville theater and silent movie palace that has stood the test of time and an ever-changing world around it. Like many of its fellow historic sites and theaters, it remains a monument to an era past while still contributing to the community’s future.

One of the most astounding pieces of the theater is its original Wurlitzer organ. This grand instrument was the foundation of the preservation effort in which the arts center emerged from. Since the 1960s (when it was first restored), the organ was played regularly – and frequently recorded on by notable organists and practicing volunteers at the center. The piece’s enormous sound compared against its small size has coined the moniker “Biggest Little Wurlitzer” amongst its peers.

The Main Stage is listed in both state and national registers of historic sites, and is now operating as a multipurpose venue for the performing arts. It is the largest center for the performing arts in Union County.

The facility is run by a non-profit organization staffed by professional, hard-working employees and is supported by an outstanding volunteer corps and its local community of residents.

The Main Stage at UCPAC Rental Information

Capacity

1,334 (at maximum)

Stage Dimensions

34’ wide, 20’1” deep (47’7” wide, 32’4” deep with orchestra pit cover). 9’ wings. Fly space available.

Loading Docks

Dedicated dock to accommodate one trailer

Backstage Areas

Communal catering area, production office with internet access, and large, medium, and small dressing rooms available

Layout

The UCPAC Main Stage theater’s layout is composed of stadium seating divided into three main levels: the Orchestra, the Loge, and the Mezzanine. Each level has five sections: Left (divided into two subsections), Center, and Right (divided into two subsections). There are no overhanging balconies. Two ramps serve as the main entrances from lobby to theater, and there is interior stair access to the upper levels of the Loge and Mezzanine. There are no elevators or common exterior staircases that lead to the second floor of the theater (the second level fire exit is the only exterior staircase within the venue). Accessible seating is available on both the Left and Right Orchestra sections (see seating chart) for patrons attending a performance with wheelchairs, walking aids, or other special requirements. When purchasing tickets, please inform an associate at our box office that you would like to reserve a space with accessible seating.

Front of House Accommodations

Box office available on site, main lobby area with four theater entrances (two ramps leading to the 1st floor Orchestra seating sections, two stairwells leading up the 2nd floor Mezzanine seating sections), concessions areas, the beautiful UCPAC cafe off of the main lobby, and public restrooms with accessible stalls.

Technical Files (PDF format):

Main Stage Ion ESF File
Main Stage Audio Inventory
Main Stage Ground Plan
Main Stage Rigging
Main Stage Section

Main Stage Lighting Magic Sheet PDF

UCPAC Fazioli Grand Piano


The UCPAC Main Stage is a perfect choice for film/television shoots, live concerts, ceremonies and services, corporate meetings, dance performances, fundraising galas, or film screenings.

Appointments to view spaces and/or discuss further details must be made in advance by phone or by email. Additional adjoining spaces for receptions, intermissions and breakout sessions are also available to rent for your events.

The Main Stage at UCPAC Seating Chart


The Hamilton Stage at UCPAC

More About The Hamilton Stage at UCPAC

UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage is your destination for original, fresh, and brilliantly re-imagined works of theater, dance, music, film and more!

The grand opening of the facility was hosted in September 2012. Hamilton Stage has been forging ahead with over 150 performances each year.

The space hosts an extraordinary group of performers and affiliates, and presents a full roster of concerts, plays, ballets, readings, art galleries, benefits and classes – featuring a vast blend of local and international talent.

The opening of Hamilton Stage was a significant expansion of the nonprofit UCPAC organization, which governs and operates Hamilton Stage as part of its growing campus of performance venues.

The stage features:

  • A 199-seat theater, home to RSI Bank’s Bösendorfer grand piano
  • The 75-seat Fazioli Room
  • The 30-seat Classroom/Multipurpose Room
  • The 1,400 square foot lobby, with gallery installations and a concessions area

Click HERE to read “A New Stage of Life” from Retrofit‘s September/October 2013 issue, which details the construction of the Hamilton Stage and describes the unique challenges the Rahway Redevelopment Agency faced.

The Hamilton Stage at UCPAC Rental Information

Capacity

199 (at maximum)

Stage Dimensions

42′ wide, with wings (36′ deck width), 16′ height

Loading Docks

No dedicated docks; back of stage has double door entrance for loading

Backstage Areas

Green room with internet access and two medium and two large (chorus) dressing rooms available

Layout

The main seating section of the theater is its orchestra section, which is elevated with stairs to access each row. The highest elevation is in the rear of the theater where the two main entrances are located. The space also includes two rows of box seating — these two sections offer portable theater chairs, and seating is at the same level as the two main entrances to the theater.

Front of House Accommodations

Box office available at the Main Stage, main lobby area with two theater entrances, concession area within the main lobby, and public restrooms with accessible stalls.

Technical Files (PDF format):


Hamilton Stage Audio Inventory
Hamilton Stage Ground Plan
Hamilton Stage Lighting Inventory
Hamilton Stage Lighting Plot (In Progress)
Hamilton Stage Dims
Hamilton Section

Hamilton Stage is a perfect choice for live concerts, recitals, ceremonies and services, corporate meetings, dance performances, fundraising galas, or film screenings

Appointments to view spaces and/or discuss further details must be made in advance by phone or by email. Additional adjoining spaces for receptions, intermissions and breakout sessions are also available to rent for your events.

The Hamilton Stage at UCPAC Seating Chart


The Fazioli Room

More About The Fazioli Room

Built in 2012 at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage, the Fazioli Room is housed within the front conservatory (visible from Hamilton Street). The space was home to UCPAC’s Fazioli grand piano, one of two in the state of New Jersey; but the piano has since been moved to the UCPAC Main Stage, and now the Fazioli Room hosts our Otto Altenburg Piano.

The spacious, 55-seat Fazioli Room is a 40’ x 60’ rehearsal space with wall-length mirrors and the Fazioli grand piano – one of two in the state of New Jersey. This room also features a drop-down screen, portable projector, and audio panel for video presentations and meetings.


The space currently hosts a variety of:

Corporate meetings

Dance classes (both group and individual)

Play readings

Film screenings

Private events

The Fazioli Room Rental Information

Capacity

55-75 (at maximum)

Room Dimensions

This is a 40’ x 60’ rehearsal space with floor-to-ceiling conservatory windows and wall-length mirrors on one side. There is a drop-down screen, portable projector, and audio panel for video presentations and meetings. This space is prime for business meetings, rehearsals and recitals.

Layout

The Fazioli Room offers the flexibility of open seating and stage layouts. There is a mirrored wall and dance bar for rehearsals, a projector with drop-down screen and speakers for business meetings, and a divider for shared use of the room. All events in this space are General Admission.

Front of House Accommodations

Box office available at the Main Stage, main lobby area with two theater entrances, concession area within the main lobby, and public restrooms with accessible stalls.

Appointments to view spaces and/or discuss further details must be made in advance by phone or by email. Additional adjoining spaces for receptions, intermissions and breakout sessions are also available to rent for your events.


The LOFT

More About The LOFT

Built in 2008, the LOFT at UCPAC is located on the 2nd floor addition of the UCPAC Main Stage. The LOFT is a versatile, intimate black box performance space and rehearsal studio.

The entrance to the LOFT is located in the rear of UCPAC’s Main Stage theater, accessible from the back parking lot which borders West Main Street.

Sharing the same building as its historic predecessor, this black box-style venue has held a multitude of performances including live acoustic sets, jam sessions, stage plays, recitals, and classes.

The LOFT Rental Information

Capacity

70 (at maximum)

Layout

With three tiers of seating, this space offers flexible seating arrangements in an L-shaped layout. The room includes a floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall for rehearsals. All events in this space are General Admission.

Front of House Accommodations

Box office available on site, concessions area, and public restrooms with accessible stalls.

Appointments to view spaces and/or discuss further details must be made in advance by phone or by email. Additional adjoining spaces for receptions, intermissions and breakout sessions are also available to rent for your events.