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About the United Palace

United Palace is a transformational organization and venue that fuses culture, spirituality, 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.

 

Mission

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

 

Values

Integrity

Imagination

Transformation

Gratitude

Lovingkindness

 

History

The history of 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.

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, Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, known around the world as Reverend Ike, purchased the building to be the home of United Palace. Together with his ministry, Rev. Ike saved this architectural gem and restored its stunning original details.

Nearly 90 years since it first opened its doors, United Palace is now home to United Palace House of Inspiration (UPHI), an all-inclusive, interfaith spiritual center. It also houses United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA), an independent, nonprofit arts and cultural center that serves youth and adults across New York City and beyond with creative and educational programming. United Palace honors the building’s legacy through concerts, multimedia productions, and movie screenings.

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

The United Palace was recently designated as a landmarked building in 2016.

 

Musical artists that have performed at the United Palace


Adele (Six-time Grammy winner)
Lorde (Two-time Grammy winner)
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
Regina Spektor

 

TV Productions, Music Videos, Commercials, Photo Shoots


AT&T
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

 

Commencement Ceremonies


Bard High School Early College
Fredrick Douglass Academy
Stuyvesant High School

 

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