United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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chconnol on December 10, 2004 at 8:24 am

Warren…thank you..that’s the one!

So…what about the one on or around 137th and Broadway that has a McDonalds in it now? It has the words Gotham Theater written there and it’s clearly recognizable as a theater. Do you if this is listed?

Thanks again…

chconnol on December 10, 2004 at 7:40 am

There’s a theater located just off Broadway at 160th Street. It looks as though the auditorium runs parallel to Broadway. Does anyone know if this theater is listed? Right now it’s a supermarket (must be a big one…) called Superextra or something like that.

chconnol on November 18, 2004 at 11:43 am

If this theater was in a more “desirable” part of NYC, it would get more press. I never knew it was there until I stumbled upon it. Now, on those rare occasions when I drive into work in Manhattan, I make it a point to drive past this theater. I always hope that I’ll get into some kind of minor traffic jam so I can get a better look.

This neighborhood is thriving…it’s no ghost town. Like Flatbush, this neighborhood (Washington Heights) was profiled in NY Magazine as being one of NY’s best kept residential secrets. Therefore, it’s secret is out. Again, if and when this area changes, what will be the consequences of this theater? I think too many people know about it now and there would be a large uproar from the architectural community if anyone tried anything “funny” with this place.

Bway on November 18, 2004 at 10:54 am

The inside is too. Check out the links on this page. They meticulously restored the interior too. And unlike the valencia in Jamaica, they chose colors that are true to the originals. The Valencia’s new paint scheme is gaudy at best….however, it is maintained at least, so that is good.

chconnol on November 18, 2004 at 10:50 am

I nearly crashed my car when I once got off I-95 after coming off the GW Bridge to get out of a traffic jam and found this grand relic. My GOD this thing is AMAZING!!!!! Is it landmarked by NYC? Quite possibly the most beautiful theater remaining in NYC, handsdown. And from outside, it looks largely intact.

Bway on November 18, 2004 at 10:48 am

I think it’s great that he allowed the theater to keep it’s projection capabilities, unlike the Valencia in Jamaica.

Biff on November 18, 2004 at 9:34 am

The current seating capacity is 3361. Most known now for Latin Concerts. Called the United Palace. Rev. Ike rents it for Movies, Concerts, Filming Productions, and Theater Musicals/Plays.

bamtino on September 30, 2004 at 2:24 pm

The current edition of the New York Press, the “Best of Manhattan 2004” issue, lists the 175th Street as “Best Movie Palace.” The description of the theatre can be found about halfway down the following webpage:
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Personally, I think this NY Press designation, as well as the recent community outrage at the (fortunately short-term) closing of the Metro Twin, is evidence that the the dedication of the members of, and visitors to, CinemaTreasures and similar sites is having a positive cultural impact. Appreciation for these “treasures” is becoming more mainstream.
Another note on the 175th Street, from a daily commuter’s perspective: the dome of the theatre, with cross, is visible while traveling inbound on the George Washington Bridge. Check it out the next time you’re crossing the Hudson.

BobFurmanek on September 24, 2004 at 8:12 am

75 years ago, the Wonder Theaters were built and became prime showcases for all the great MGM product over the next 3 decades. The only Wonder Theater showing film today is Loew’s Jersey but, sadly, they are not playing any MGM product in their 75th anniversary programming.

However, the beautifully restored Lafayette Theater in Suffern, New York salutes the Loew’s Wonder Theaters by presenting a newly restored 35mm print of one of MGM’s greatest musicals, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” It will be shown this Saturday, September 25 as part of their weekly Big Screen Classics series. They will also present a vintage MGM short, and will play live music on their magnificent Wurlitzer organ.

For more information, visit their website at www.bigscreenclassics.com

Bway on August 26, 2004 at 12:09 pm

Wow, I never knew about this theater, until it was mentioned in the Valencia’s (jamaica) section of the site, which has also been converted to a church. This is a spectacular theater! Traditionally, the transformation of theater to church had been kind to a lot of theaters, like the Valencia, the Loew’s Gates, etc. Theaters lend themselves very well to churches, and if they can’t be a theater anymore, churches are the next best thing, as they dod the least “harm” to a theater in conversion.
Here’s a history of the theater:

William on March 8, 2004 at 10:21 am

They also rent it out to movie companies for location work. You can see some of the auditorium in the movie “Marci-X”.

WilliamMcQuade on October 10, 2003 at 4:12 pm

Recently visited it armed with a camcorder. It is still in great shape

WilliamMcQuade on March 23, 2002 at 5:10 pm

Theater chain was Loew’s & it was one of the 5 Loew’s “Wonder Theaters”