About Us

Overview

The United Palace is a transformational organization and venue that fuses spirituality, art, culture and entertainment. The fourth largest theater in Manhattan is more than just a unique venue — it is a hub of creative expression and personal growth designed with and for the community.

Our Mission

As a house of creativity and transformation, we set the mind and spirit free.

Our History

The history of the United Palace began in 1930, when it was then one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” across the boroughs and New Jersey. Designed by noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theatre, the former Ziegfeld Theatre) with interiors overseen by decorative specialist Harold Rambusch (Waldorf Astoria, Radio City Music Hall), it was one of the region’s premier vaudeville and movie houses. Contemporary advertisements promised “Times-Square entertainment nearer your home” — in the equally vibrant and diverse community of Washington Heights.

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The End and the New Beginning

The theater’s first 40 years as a home for engaging storytelling came to an equally storied end in 1969 with a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey — a fitting and wondrous final chapter for the Wonder Theatre. Yet while many of the city’s grand movie theaters were slated for demolition, the United Palace of Spiritual Arts (formerly known as United Christian Evangelistic Association) purchased the building to house its congregation headed by Spiritual Director Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, known around the world as Reverend Ike.

A Place for Creativity and Spirituality

Nearly 90 years since it first opened its doors, the United Palace is still an inclusive spiritual center. United Palace honors the building’s legacy through concerts, multimedia productions, movie screenings, and spiritual programming.

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Spacious Facilities

With nearly 3,400 seats, the United Palace is Manhattan’s fourth largest theater. Yet with its indescribable fusion of decorative styles, symbolic motifs, and international elements, the United Place is as distinct, diverse, and magical as the city it calls home. The United Palace was designated as a landmarked building in 2016.

The United Palace is proud to host a wide variety of events year-round.

Adele
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Aventura with Romeo Santos
Mumford and Sons
Lady Antebellum
Bad Bunny
Iggy Pop
Lorde
Sam Smith
Fleet Foxes
Elvis Costello
String Cheese Incident
Anthony Santos
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Prince Royce
Bon Iver
The Allman Brothers
Bob Dylan
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Steve Winwood
B. B. King
Peggi Blu
Regina Spektor
NBC's Smash
Netflix's Luke Cage
Blue Blood
Annie
Cafe Society
Blacklist
Gotham
Nick Cannon's Wild N Out
Broadway.com and Hello, Dolly!
American Cancer Society – Jennifer Hudson
Black Nativity
Capital One- Ben Stiller
Brazilian Youth Orchestra
Berlin Philharmonic
Citibank- Alicia Keys
Law and Order
Target - Beyonce
Hilton
AT&T
Bard High School Early College
Frederick Douglass Academy
Stuyvesant High School
New York University
Bronx High School of Science
City University of New York
Hostos Community College

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Ballet Hispanico
Interfaith Music Festival
Junot Diaz Book Launch

Dominican Film Festival
Carnival Cruise Product Launch
Social Artistry with Jean Houston & Friends

The United Palace is also available for weddings, fashion shows, product launches, film premieres and parties. Call 212-568-1157 for more information or fill out the booking request form here.