“A cathedral for film.”
The United Palace first opened its doors in 1930, when it was then one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” across the boroughs and New Jersey. The theatre’s first 40 years as a home for engaging storytelling came to equally storied end in 1969 with a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey – a fitting and wondrous final chapter for the Wonder Theatre. We honor the legacy of our theatre as a vaudeville and movie house with monthly screenings combined with pre or post- show entertainment. The combination of the setting and curation, paired with live entertainment, prompted The New York Times to called the United Palace “a cathedral for film” and amNY to declare it “the best way to see movies the way they used to be.”
We’ve reinvented a golden-age movie theatre to screen movies that come alive with live entertainment.
SUPPORT FROM A BROADWAY STAR
Lin-Manuel Miranda helped launch our effort to return movies to the United Palace in 2013 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 completed our revitalization of a timeless movie palace when we installed 7.1 surround-sound in 2017.