Loews Valencia Movie Palace, now the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, hosted a rare tour this summer.

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on September 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm


The home of the Tabernacle of Prayer Church in Queens is physically divine – one of five incredible “Wonder Theatres” opened by the Loew’s chain in the NYC area in the 1920s. The enormous cinema looks where anyone would feel comfortable kicking back and watching a double feature.

Originally called The Valencia Movie Palace, the ornate theater opened in Jamaica, Queens in 1929, presenting a mix of movie screenings and vaudeville performances. Here’s an old photo of the theater walls, which are decorated like a movie set recreating a Spanish town.

Enjoy the article and photo gallery thanks to Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2015/07/20/tabernacle_queens_movie_palace.php#photo-1

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Comments (3)

markp on September 2, 2015 at 4:52 am

I wish I had known. Would have loved to have gone.

WTKFLHN on September 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Wow! What a gorgeous theater!

HenrySchmidt on September 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

Was the Valencia (note correct spelling: it isn’t “Valenica”!) by any chance a twin of the Loew’s Grand Concourse theater in the Bronx? The top photo looks almost identical to the rendering in Ben Hall’s “The Best Remaining Seats” book. And BTW, does anybody know whether that Loew’s theater in the Bronx is extant?

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