UNION, NJ – Union Empire Cinema was recognized at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting as February’s Business of the Month.
Located at 990 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union Theater “has been a staple of our community for as long as we can remember,” said Committeewoman Michele Delisfort. Empire Cinema took over the theater two years ago under the management of Dana Johnson.
“Since Ms. Johnson’s arrival at the location,” continued Delisfort, “the theater has actively sought to make themselves a valuable part of Union. Not only have they maintained the small town, local feel that so many of us cherish, but they have become one of the most sought-after community partners.”
Delisfort said the theater donates to businesses and schools all around Union, including popcorn for movie nights, passes for tricky trays, and contributions to the Senior Center. They also participate in festivals with the Special Improvement District, giving out popcorn and “helping in any way then can.”
“Just last week, the theater went above and beyond for the residents of the Township of Union when we hosted our free screening of “Hidden Figures”, said Delisfort. “The event was supposed to be first-come, first-serve, limited to two theaters. But when about 700 residents turned out for the event, Dana and her team graciously cancelled every other movie in order to accommodate as many people as possible. We filled the theater to capacity that day and we would like to give them special thanks and a round of applause.”
“We are very happy to help in any way that we possibly can,” said Johnson accepting the Business of the Month Award. “We’re just a movie theater, but if anyone ever needs anything, please ask us. We love doing town events.”