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.
As a house of creativity and transformation, we set the mind and spirit free
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.
When Rev. Ike transitioned in 2009, his son Xavier stepped forward. 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 2017.
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
TV Productions, Music Videos, Commercials, Photo Shoots
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
The United Palace is also available for weddings, fashion shows, product launches, film premieres and parties. Call 212-568-1157 for more information.