The United Palace is a transformational organization and venue that fuses spirituality, the arts, education and entertainment. It is a hub of creative expression and personal growth designed with and for the community.
HISTORY OF THE PALACE
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.
THE END AND NEW BEGINNING
The theatre’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 theatres were slated for demolition, the United Palace of Spiritual Arts (formerly known as United Christian Evangelistic Association, which was led by Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter at that time) purchased the building to house its congregation.
A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY
90 years since it first opened its doors, the United Palace is still an inclusive spiritual arts center. United Palace honors the building’s legacy through concerts, multimedia productions, movie screenings, and spiritual programming.