About Arts Center
The Middletown Arts Center, located next to the Middletown Train Station on Church Street, began its life as the late Ed Banfield’s moving and storage warehouse.
When the township first purchased the property in 1998, the need for an additional indoor recreational facility was identified. Middletown Township had many sports-related programs and facilities, but there were no arts-related programs for its 68,000 residents. The Banfield site was particularly attractive because of its proximity to the train station and centralized location within Middletown’s 42-square-mile community. In response to resident feedback, the decision was made to convert the dilapidated commercial space into a flexible recreation space suitable for a wide range of artistic and cultural activities.
The project was completed in two phases. The first phase of construction included various site improvements, a 9,000-square-foot addition to the existing 14,000-square-foot warehouse, a new roof, and the exterior façade. The second phase of the construction competed the interior. The Middletown Arts Center opened its doors to the public in March, 2007.