United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 9, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Portions of the interior are used to “double” for a Broadway “legit” playhouse in the first episode of the new season of “Only Murders in the Building” on the Hulu subscription network.

markp on June 13, 2023 at 4:34 pm

I think Bway just summed it up best.

Bway on June 12, 2023 at 2:36 pm

Absolutely beautiful. I knew it was beautiful, but wow, did this compliment it. Hopefully they move it there for many years to come. Everyone knows radio city is beautiful. But the 175th/United Palace? Fantastic. Thank you Rev Ike for saving it!!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 12, 2023 at 2:22 pm

The opening number especially really showed off the lobby, staircases, etc.

stevenj on June 12, 2023 at 1:54 pm

Anybody know why the Tony Awards moved to the United Palace? Is this permanent?

Mikeoaklandpark on June 12, 2023 at 10:18 am

I agree with MarkP. It is such a beautiful theater. That should be the new home of the Tony Awards. I had no clue how beautiful this theater was.

markp on June 12, 2023 at 8:23 am

What an awesome show last night from the United Palace. The place looked beautiful and it was nice to see such excitement there.

markp on June 11, 2023 at 3:45 pm

Its a union shop. My wife is a member of the wardrobe union and they have been there all day.

terrywade on June 10, 2023 at 10:50 pm

I wonder if the United Palace is a non union theatre? The Tony’s knew they were coming here in late 2022 so I don’t think the move from Radio City to the Palace had anything to do with the current writers strike. I bet the stage is not as big as Radio City and no stage lifts. Hope CBS TV shows wide shots of the theatre ect. They will probably cut the stage down in sections for the Tony awards live show.

stevenj on June 7, 2023 at 6:16 pm

NYTimes article with some great photos Here

DaveM on April 1, 2023 at 8:44 am

The new Pfizer/Biontech covid booster ad uses the 175th Street for its location.

vindanpar on December 14, 2022 at 11:22 pm

What happened to Radio City?

dansdriveintheater on December 13, 2022 at 5:25 pm

That’s great that there hosting the tonys

Mikeoaklandpark on December 13, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Oh wow what awesome news Luis

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on December 13, 2022 at 10:31 am

This is great news! The Tony Awards is going to be presented “In The Heights!” For the first time, the former Loew’s 175th Street Movie Palace, one of the Five Wonder Theaters in New York (all of which still stand) will be hosting the Tony’s! With 3,600 seats, it is New York’s 5th largest theater and it is also one of the country’s most spectacular theaters! https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/theater/tony-awards-united-palace-washington-heights.html

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 7, 2022 at 5:39 am

“All About Eve” never actually played at Loew’s 175th Street. After its Roxy premiere engagement, the 20th-Fox release had its first-run in Washington Heights at the RKO Coliseum, and then went on to other cinemas in the area.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 6, 2022 at 5:54 pm

All About Eve is a proven crowd-pleaser.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 6, 2022 at 2:28 pm

All About Eve gets some of the greatest audience reactions I’ve ever been a part of. One of Thelma Ritter’s facial expressions got a big round of applause.

spectrum on July 27, 2020 at 2:24 pm

The article Howard Hass reference above has a very extensive high quality photo gallery of the theatre. Article also mentions the theatre was extensively renovated around 1970 when the theatre was bought by the Reverend Ike and concerted into the United Palace Church.

The article can be found at:


HowardBHaas on September 2, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Reposting from Paris Theatre photo comment by Orlando the following-

The United Palace, when it shows its' monthly movies uses a brand new red velvet, gold trimmed curtain that closes at the movies end.

Alto on April 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm

On 7 April 2019, the United Palace organization celebrates its 50th anniversary as owner, occupant and operator of the venue with a special screening of the sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” (the last movie shown at Loew’s 175th before it closed as a commercial movie house in 1969). The special event includes pre-movie entrance music played on the “Wonder Morton” theater organ and a live guest appearance by movie star Keir Dullea. After the movie show, a special ceremony features Dullea in an on-stage Q&A session with UPCA Board Chairperson Jean Houston and the audience, followed by a musical performance with inspirational singer/songwriter Karen Drucker. The festivities conclude with an after-party on stage (with ticket sales providing supporting funds for UPCA’s “Movies at the Palace” classic film series programming).

For detailed event and admission pricing information, visit the venue’s official website at: https://www.unitedpalace.org/product/2001-a-space-odyssey-and-50-year-anniversary-celebration/

markp on November 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Took the one hour tour today. What a beauty. Glad to see this was never demolished.

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2018 at 6:11 am

Article- https://www.6sqft.com/behind-the-scenes-at-the-united-palace-theatre-washington-heights-opulent-wonder-theatre/

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2018 at 6:10 am

The 2018 schedule is below:

Jan 28: Wall-E

Feb 11: My Fair Lady

March 25: Metropolis

April 29: On The Waterfront

May 6: Aliens

June 3: Inside Out

Aug 19: Lawrence of Arabia

Sept 16: Sister Act

Oct 28: The Exorcist

Nov: Annual Gala Screening

Dec 16: It’s a Wonderful Life

Past movies include:


Mar 5: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Apr 2: Blade Runner (2007)

May 7: The Sound of Music

June 5: Dog Day Afternoon

June 25: Coming to America

Aug 6: Jaws

Sept 10: City Lights (with live organ)

Oct 29: Night of the Living Dead

Nov 19 (Annual Movie Gala): Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Dec 17: It’s a Wonderful Life


“It’s a Wonderful Life” with pre-show caroling and introduction by Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen

“The Wizard of Oz” introduced by New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick

“Mary Poppins” with pre-show thank you to Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Fiddler on the Roof” with pre-show mini-concert by musicians from the Broadway revival, including violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Opening night of the Dominican Film Festival of New York with the international premiere of “La Familia Reyna” (The Reyna Family)

“Wild Style” with Q&A by director Charlie Ahearn and a pre-show breakdance

“Singing in the Rain” with song and dance routine by the Bathtub Ginnys

And a vintage clothing fashion show

“Frozen” with a magic show by Queen Elsa


“Miracle on 34th Street” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film Commission

“Seven Year Itch” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film Commission

“Phantom of the Opera” with live organ, mini concert by Broadway performers, and costume parade

“Down Argentine Way” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film Commission

“A Fool There Was” & “Bright Eyes” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film

“Mad Hot Ballroom” The 10-year anniversary and reunion

“Selma” and Q&A with Amelia Boynton Robinson

“On the Town" with Lou Lumenick and mini concert by cast members from the Broadway show

“Rear Window” with Lou Lumenick and a vintage clothing fashion show

“Sweet Smell of Success” with Lou Lumenick

“Moonstruck” with Lou Lumenick


“It’s a Wonderful Life” with Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen

“Elf” with youth performances by Broadway Performing Arts Center

“Frankenstein” with Gary Lucas performing the world premiere of his new score

“Guys and Dolls” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and mini concert by Broadway performers

“The Fisher King” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and writer Richard LaGravenese

“Manhattan” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and assistant director Fred Blankfein

“The Warriors” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Lemon Anderson

“King Kong” with John Landis and Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Ghostbusters” with Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Margulies (Mayor Lenny), and “real life” Ghostbusters

“West Side Story” with Rita Moreno and Lin-Manuel Miranda

“The Muppets Take Manhattan” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and actor/director Lonny Price


“Casablanca” with Lou Lumenick and a celebration of the Return of Film to the Palace

The U.S. premiere of “200 Cartas”

“Celebrating Sousa in Film and Musical Theatre”

The Best of the Dominican Film Festival

The World Premiere of “Trouble in the Heights”e the official website changes-