The United Palace Theatre located at Broadway and 175th Street, New York City, was purchased by the United Christian Evangelistic Association in 1969 under the direction of Dr. Frederick Eikerenkoetter, (Rev. Ike), founder and pastor of the United Church. It is a classic, architecturally grand, inter-cultural center for the arts.
The United Palace Theatre building was originally the Loew's 175th Street Theatre, the last of the "Wonder Theatres" erected between 1925 and 1930. These Wonder Theatres were so named because of their extravagant design and because they housed the twin chamber, seven-story high Robert Morton Wonder organ. The theatres were placed in strategic areas in the metropolitan area to provide vaudeville shows. But with the decline of vaudeville and the growing popularity of moving pictures the theatre was quickly converted to a deluxe movie house.
Through extensive renovation, commissioned by Rev. Ike, the original design intended by the architect, Thomas Lamb, has been regained. The United Palace Theatre has been restored to its original splendor and is mindfully maintained. Its architectural style has been classified as a monument to eclectic Orientalia with Moorish-Rococo influence. The interior is ornately decorated with filigreed walls and ceilings, illuminated with directional lighting from within and behind the walls. The original elegance has been enhanced by the addition authentic Louis XV and XVI furnishings and a collection of other works of art. The structure dominates the entire block bounded by 175th and 176th Streets, Wadsworth Avenue and Broadway.
In addition to being a magnificent nondenominational place of worship, the United Palace Theatre building is also one of New York's finest cultural centers. It has a seating capacity of 3,400 in the auditorium and balconies.
Many community and professional organizations have rented the building for graduations, concerts, photo shoots, recording sessions, commercials, TV/film shoots and civic events. The stage and sound facilities are some of the finest in New York City.
Musical artists that have performed at The United Palace
Adele (Six-time Grammy winner)
Lorde (Two-time Grammy winner)
String Cheese Incident
Gilberto Santa Rosa
The Allman Brothers
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
B. B. King
Stage/TV Productions/Music Videos/Commercials
American Cancer Society – Jennifer Hudson
Capital One- Ben Stiller
Brazilian Youth Orchestra
Citibank- Alicia Keys
Law and Order
Target - Beyonce
Bard High School Early College
Fredrick Douglass Academy
Stuyvesant High School