The United Palace of Cultural Arts believes in the transformative power of art and culture, particularly how it can impact the lives of young people.

For many young people, the experience of participating in the arts can provide the grounding needed to succeed. Young people actively engaged in the pursuit of arts perform better in school, display fewer behavioral problems, and have improved job prospects. Unfortunately, many children living in Northern Manhattan have not traditionally had access to art programs.

By partnering with some of New York City’s most accomplished arts providers, we hope to offer inspiration and direction to young people through a full range of arts and cultural programs, key ingredients in the holistic make up of any individual or community.

Beginning in fall 2012, UPCA will launch the following programs at the Palace: 

The revitalization that has swept through Washington Heights and Inwood over the past 10 years or so has been driven in part by the local arts community. The United Palace, long famous for its spectacular stage and interior design, is also becoming a favorite location for local artists to create and present their work. It is filling a critical role since, aside from the Palace, Northern Manhattan does not have a theater space dedicated to performing arts or rental spaces available for actors, musicians, and other artists.

The United Palace of Cultural Arts offers several non-traditional spaces that are ideal for artistic presentations, such as the lobby and grand staircase, which perfectly complemented the kickoff of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s annual Uptown Arts Stroll in 2012.

While filling a 3,400-seat theatre for a performance would be a daunting task for most theater groups, the stage at the Palace is also large enough to seat audiences for smaller productions. When Epic Theater Ensemble staged “dispatches from (a)mended America” at the Palace in March, it put 99 seats on stage with the actors.

Among the local arts and cultural groups the United Palace has hosted are: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, People’s Theatre Project, and the Dominican Book Fair.

The Palace also has several rental rooms available for performances or rehearsals. Click here for details and pricing.

The United Palace opened in 1930 with a beautiful theater and spectacular interior design combining elements of Cambodian, Byzantine, Roman, Persian, Rococo, and Art Deco styles. As the last of the five Loew's Wonder Theatres, the Palace originally served as a vaudeville hall and movie palace. In 1969, during a time when many of the city’s theaters were being demolished or turned into multiplexes, the Palace was purchased, and preserved, as a church. In recent years the theater has started to be returned to its original use as an entertainment venue, hosting dozens of events by the world’s top performers.

The theater at the Palace has 3,400 seats, Manhattan’s third largest after Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, and offers brilliant acoustics and beautiful sightlines. There is not a bad seat in the house.

Besides hosting rock bands (Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Björk) and dozens of top Latin acts, the Palace has also presented in recent years:

June 2012

Screening of the documentary film “To Be Heard”

For the first time in over 40 years the Palace hosted a feature film when it screened the award-winning “To Be Heard” about the Power Writers spoken word program. It was followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and young spoken word artists.

May 2012

“Icarus at the Edge of Time” during the 5th annual World Science Festival 

The Philip Glass composition “Icarus” was performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, which shared the stage with live narrators while an animated film was projected behind them.

Review by the Uptown Collective:

November 2011

Brazilian youth symphony orchestra Mariuccia Iacovino

This performance by 86 musicians, age 11 and older, was the first trip to the United States by the Rio de Janeiro-based group, and was designed to create awareness about how rain forests are being damaged.

October 2008

Bernstein’s “Mass”

Carnegie Hall sponsored the Bernstein “Mass” Project in celebration of what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 90th birthday, including a performance at the Palace with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop and 250 schoolchildren from around New York. 

New York Times review:

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Xavier Eikerenkoetter
Spiritual Director

Xavier Eikerenkoetter is the Spiritual Director of the United Palace House of Inspiration (UPHI). Xavier has thirty years of spiritual training, shamanic, meditative, ritual experience and musical training, all of which allow him to fulfill his core belief that creativity is an expression of the divine mind made manifest through human beings.






Rev. Barbara Tilley
Head of Administration and Education

Rev Tilley

Rev. Tilley worked in the areas of Christian Education, church administration, fundraising and development, prayer ministry and special events for more than 40 years. Her preparation and training includes her work in many interfaith, intercultural and ecumenical settings in leadership capacities, New Thought schools, and as Director of Church Administration for Internal Affairs at Christ United Church, the predecessor or UPHI.





Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter

Rev. Ike dared to go where most theologians, Bible teachers, and preachers would not. As an evangelist, on TV, radio, and at mass meetings, he preached "Prosperity NOW!" — long before it became popular to do so. Rev. Ike transitioned in June 2009, however his spirit and his teachings are alive and well on the internet. Click here to learn more about Rev. Ike.




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Under the leadership of Xavier Eikerenkoetter, UPHI´s staff of over 40 Prayer Ministers administers spiritual, educational, and social programs for adults and youth alike.