United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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markp on November 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hello. Perhaps LuisV or someone can help me. I am hoping to make it there Sunday. The only thing that would stand in my way is work. My question is, Im coming from Jersey. I would be taking a bus to the port authority. From there (besides taxi) how would I get there? I really do not want to drive into the city. Any help greatly appreciated.

kidblast on November 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Tinseltoes: Please, picky, picky, picky ….

kidblast on November 12, 2013 at 7:47 am

If only a handful of Facebook.com users attend it should be very, very crowded on November 17th!

Bway on October 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I sure would like to try, but not sure.. I am kicking myself for not going to the Ridgewood theater some years ago when there was a group of people here going. No one would have thought it would have closed soon after. Casablanca, It’s a good choice of movie too. A shame Star Wars or Wizard of Oz, the first two choices weren’t possible due to licensing, as I can see how those would have been the first two choices. Casablanca is a good third choice though….it’s also a classic.

LuisV on October 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Bway, will you be attending? I plan on being there. I’ve posted it on facebook and have told many of my friends and neighbors. My teenage nephews want to go as they have NEVER seen a movie in a theater that wasn’t muti-plexed. I can’t wait to see thier faces when they see this theater! It’s so exciting!

Bway on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

EVEN better, isn’t it wonderful to see a status change on the page above!!!! OPEN (Showing Movies)!!!!!! How often do we see it change that way instead of the other way!!!

Bway on October 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Wow….is all I can say. For all the depressing news we usually hear on these theater pages of demolitions, conversions, etc, isn’t it nice to actually have something like this happen to a theater.

LuisV on October 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

It worked! YAY!

LuisV on October 16, 2013 at 7:27 am

Film returns to the 175th Street Theatre! Sunday, November 17th at 6:00 PM with Casablanca on the bill! I will be there!


jgraif on August 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

here is what i know. reverend ike completely restored the theater down to the last seat and the organ in the late 1960’s. it was featured in the 1970 atos convention. after that, i attended several concerts and played the organ several times. my understanding is that the organ was to be used in the production of a music video in the early 1990’s. the heat of the spotlights melted the stop tablets. to this day, the money has not been available to repair and restore the instrument. can anyone confirm or deny?

RickB on August 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Posting an URL on this site does not automatically make it a clickable link. Here is the page that tells how to add links.

Here is a link to the Real Deal article.

markp on August 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

LuisV, I asked on the Loews Kings page, and I’ll ask here, why is it that I click on the link and nothing happens?? Is it something Im doing wrong?

LuisV on August 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

The United Palace getting a lot of press today in the Wall Street Journal, Curbed and The Real Deal as the prepare to return this grandest of palaces to showing films once again! So Excited!


DaveM on August 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

I stepped inside last Sunday, and saw the console of the Robert Morton wrapped in plastic in the lobby. I heard the organ played at a THS Conclave (can’t remember whether it was ‘76 or the '80). I know the organ is listed on several organ websites as unplayable; the recent Times article states this is due to water damage. Anybody know what’s up?

LuisV on June 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

But that’s irrelevant. The New Amsterdam is still a Palace! The Hollywood is a palace! Radio City a palace! and others. Just because they weren’t built for full time presentation of films doesn’t lessen their beauty and their historical importance as Movie Palaces. For me, a theater is a theater, whether it was made exclusively for films or not and I make no real distinction between the two, but I understand that this site is called “Cinema Treasures” and not “Theater Treasures” so the theaters on this site must have had cinema at one time to be included. The criteria is not that the theater has been purpose built for cinema only. That said a great many live theaters have been included as many did show films at one point during their long career.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Most live Broadway Theatres had movie capabilities so they could sponsor premieres and travel shows. The intention was not for full-time operation.

LuisV on June 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Maybe Vito can clear this up!!! :–)

LuisV on June 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I think we can both be right. It’s quite possible that it was designed for live theater/events and as the construction progressed and the deepening depression wore on, the decision was made to add movie capability thereby enabling them to do the quick switch when their worst fears were realized.

Bway on June 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Radio City may have been planned to be only live theater, but it never was only live theater at the beginning, as mentioned, two weeks after opening it showed it’s first movie. They had to know it would be showing film two weeks earlier…. :)

LuisV on June 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Oh, and thanks Tinseltoes for the backup. :–) Radio City was built for live theater and events, but quickly realized it wouldn’t work thereby becoming one of the greatest palaces ever to have existed!

LuisV on June 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

The Mark Hellinger would never have been in danger. It would be very successful as a venue for live theater and I hope the church eventually cashes out so they can use the funds “to help the poor”. Yes, they have taken great care of the theater. It’s beautiful, but it should be used as a theater once again and, yes, live theater counts. :–)

Bway on June 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

Again, even if the theaters are used as churches instead of theater (movies), it’s still better than gutted and turned into a drug store or something….or worse, torn down. As for the Hollywood Theater (Mark Hellinger), as far as I know, the theater is maintained beautifully, even if used for a church. Would you rather have seen it turned into retail, or some of the far worse things that could have been done to it? Hollywood-Mark Hellinger Theatre

As for Radio City Music Hall, it was always meant to show film, as well as live theater. It showed it’s first movie in January 1933….within two weeks of opening.

LuisV on June 17, 2013 at 6:48 am

Agreed, but it is considered a palace nonetheless. Radio City was also built for theater not movies. It too, is one of our greatest palaces! :–)