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The United Palace is a theater located at 4140 Broadway between West 175th and 176th Streets in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It functions both as a spiritual center, and a non-profit cultural and performing arts center, A full-block building, it is bounded on the east by Wadsworth Avenue.
Built in 1930 as Loew's 175th Street Theatre, the venue was originally a movie palace designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, who designed over 300 theatres in his career, including many others in New York City. The theatre's lavishly eclectic interior decor was supervised by Harold Rambusch, who also designed the interior of the Roxy Theatre and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The theatre, which was the first in Washington Heights built specifically to show films, although it also presented live vaudeville, was one of five deluxe "Wonder Theatres" built by Loew's in the New York City area. The theater operated continuously until it was closed by Loew's in 1969. That same year it was purchased by the United Christian Evangelistic Association, headed by the television evangelist Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, better known as Reverend Ike. The theater became the headquarters of his United Church Science of Living Institute and was renamed the United Palace.
The building was designated a New York City landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on December 13, 2016. The church attempted to have the designation overturned, but later withdrew their objections.
As of 2018, the church is called the United Palace of Spiritual Arts, and offers performing arts events through the United Palace of Cultural Arts. Its Spiritual Leader and CEO is Rev. Heather Shea. The facility is available for rental to outside event producers and promoters, and is open to all people, genres of music, and any programming that will inspire the Spiritual Artists of the world.
United Palace Reviews
I adore the United Palace. I must! It's a landmark in my neighborhood: Washington Heights. I've passed by it thousands of times, and finally had the wherewithal to figure out to go to there website.... more »
I purchased tickets to a Gospel Holiday Concert. It was held at this venue. When we finally went through extensive security detail, I was not prepared for this amazing gilded edifice. It was... more »
Venue is amazing and has incredible sound. It is a piece of art. Staff is friendly but big crowds seem to overwhelm them. Def go see a show here!
I haven't been inside the place, but I've been in a little flea market right beside it, I'll say they sometimes have good deals on electronics, but most of those are used and you can get those items brand new for the same or lower price online, including shipping. They have great prices on fruits and vegetables which beats the prices in the bravo supermarket right next to it. Back to United Palace, when I was younger, I thought this place was generally for church goers since they had a large mass take place there on weekends, at least now I know what it is and what it's for.
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