Movies at the palace

We honor the legacy of our theater as a vaudeville and movie house with monthly screenings combined with pre- or post-show entertainment. Past screenings include classics, such as “JAWS” with an on-stage beach party, “The Wizard of Oz” with a munchkin dance, and “Phantom of the Opera” with live organ. We also present premieres (“200 Cartas” and “Hamilton’s America”), independent movies (“Trouble in the Heights”), and foreign titles (“Carpinteros”). The combination of the setting and curation, combined with live entertainment prompted “The New York Times” to call the United Palace “a cathedral for film” and “amNY” to declare it “the best way to see movies the way they used to be.”

SUPPORT FROM A BROADWAY STAR

Lin-Manuel Miranda helped launch our effort to return movies to the United Palace in 2014 by introducing the first few movies shown at the United Palace since 1969. Lin-Manuel also invited many of his friends and peers to help bring the movies to life, such as Rita Moreno introducing “West Side Story” and John Landis introducing the original “King Kong.” This led to a successful fundraiser for a 50-foot screen. In 2016, Lin-Manuel donated a new DCP projector, and we fundraised for new movie speakers. We completed our revitalization of a timeless movie palace when we installed 7.1 surround sound.

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THE IMPACT

We believe the future of moviegoing is rooted in its history. As a spiritual arts center and Manhattan’s 4th largest theatre, we strive to set our audience’s minds and spirits free. We want guests to get lost in a movie, forget their day-to-day challenges, and find themselves elbow-to-elbow with strangers in a shared moment. The pre-show live entertainment helps audiences connect more deeply with the movie, whether it is the students from “Mad Hot Ballroom” celebrating their 10-year anniversary on stage, former New York Post Film Critic Lou Lumenick discussing the making of “Rear Window,” or live flutist accompaniment to “Metropolis.” More than screenings, these are movie events.

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EXAMPLES OF PAST SCREENINGS

MY FAIR LADY with intro by Broadway World’s Richie Ridge with mini concert by song stylist Mark William

METROPOLIS with electro-acoustic soundtrack composed and performed live by flutist / composer Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano

ON THE WATERFRONT with Q&A with Tommy Hanley (the boy on the roof with Marlon Brando) by the Fort Lee Film Commission and panel discussion by the New York Preservation Archive Project

INSIDE/OUT and mental health awareness fair sponsored by Assemblymember Carmen de la Rosa

Opening night of the 7th annual Dominican Film Festival in New York, featuring the U.S. premiere of EL FANTASMA DE MI NOVIA and red carpet welcome

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT with concert by Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields

MANTRA: SOUNDS INTO SILENCE and live kirtan performance by Krishna Das

40th anniversary screening of THE WIZ and performance by Shanice Williams, who played Dorothy in The Wiz Live!

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY with pre-show cabaret of love songs by the New York Theatre Organ Society and exclusive “I’ll Have What She’s Having” deli special dinner on stage

THE SOUND OF MUSIC with mini concert by Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) and local tavern owner Peter Walsh

DOG DAY AFTERNOON with intro by former New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick

COMING TO AMERICA with comedy troupe Room 28’s sketches reimagining the barbershop scenes taking place in Dominican salons

CITY LIGHTS with live organ score performed by the New York Theatre Organ Society

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with Halloween costume parade, zombie transformation station, and zombie panel discussion

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG with an exact replica of the car on stage and tribute to Chita Rivera

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE with intro by Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen and caroling

FROZEN with a magic show by Queen Elsa

SINGING IN THE RAIN with song and dance routine by the Bathtub Ginnys and a vintage clothing fashion show

WILD STYLE with Q&A by director Charlie Ahearn and a pre-show breakdance battle

ON THE TOWN and mini concert by cast members from the Broadway show, with intro by former New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick and New York Post Theatre Critic Michael Riedel

SELMA and Q&A with Civil Rights hero Amelia Boynton Robinson

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET as part of The Women of Fox Film Festival with the Fort Lee Film Commission

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN with intro by Lin-Manuel Miranda and actor/director Lonny Price

GHOSTBUSTERS with intro by Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Margulies (Mayor Lenny), and “real life” Ghostbusters

FRANKENSTEIN with Gary Lucas performing the world premiere of his new live score for the film

ELF with youth performances by Broadway Performing Arts Center

The world premiere of TROUBLE IN THE HEIGHTS, filmed in Northern Manhattan

U.S. premiere of 200 CARTAS, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres

CASABLANCA with former New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick and a celebration of the Return of Film to the United Palace