United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 17, 2007 at 10:02 am

Hey dave-bronx… Point taken. I’m primarily interested in constistency here on this site. There should be one uniform policy with respect to listing the theaters. Freezing the name of a given theater with that which served at the time of its closure as a cinema is one way to go – but, while that might leave this entry as “Loew’s 175th Street”, it would leave the great Rivoli Theater on B'way with the nondescript listing of “UA Twin”. Perhaps the convention should be to use the theater’s original name (at time of opening or at time of conversion to cinema) and then leave the rest to the AKA’s. That is, if we even agree there should be any sort of uniformity at all.

dave-bronx™ on March 17, 2007 at 7:12 am

Not to be contrary, but I think this should remain listed as Loew’s 175th, the last name it had as a CINEMA. While they do have periodic concerts there, there are no movies and it’s primary use is still that of a church. There are periodic concerts at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine on Amsterdam & 112th St – are we going to list that venue on this site?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 16, 2007 at 5:51 pm

I agree. There needs to be consistency here. As long as one can easily search all AKA addresses when looking for a specific theater, it should not matter that what may be the theater’s most famous appellation is buried in a list of “previous names”.

Bway on March 12, 2007 at 4:02 am

Yes, I think the site usually uses the most current name the theater operated under. The most current name, or the last one it used when still a theater. The 175th St may have to become an aka name.

Bway on February 26, 2007 at 5:52 am

I guess it may also depend on if they serve alcohol at the concert, as most concerts do.

dave-bronx™ on February 26, 2007 at 5:21 am

Obviously I haven’t been to one of these concerts in a long time, but back in the day, after something like this there would be some broken seats, cigarette burns on the carpet, gum stuck on the rug, graffiti, a broken mirror in the mens room, etc.

Scott on February 26, 2007 at 4:53 am

Yes, it is still a church. They must have a large crew that does clean up and repair. Hopefully Iggy’s fans will respect the building. Actually, the three times I saw Iggy the crowds were well behaved. He doesn’t draw as many neanderthals as you might think, myself excluded of course.

Bway on February 26, 2007 at 4:43 am


dave-bronx™ on February 26, 2007 at 4:36 am

Is it still being used as a church? Is Reverend Ike still around? How can they have a big rock concert on Saturday night and have a place that big cleaned up, repaired and presentable for church services on Sunday morning?

Bway on February 26, 2007 at 4:21 am

Hahaha! Yup Scott, that’s pretty funny.
I forgot which theater this was, but I remember reading one of the theaters on the site was converted into a church in the 70’s. Then some years later, the church left for a larger facility….the “church” then became a porn theater. LOL, talk about a change in use….. I wish I could remember which theater that was. Of course there are plenty of theaters that became port theaters and then later a church….but it’s a bit funnier or ironic when it becomes a porn theater after a church….

But that all being said, it has nothing to do with the 175th St….but as you said….the “church” will certainly hear some language it’s not used to hearing, lol.

Scott on February 26, 2007 at 3:41 am

Iggy Pop? I wonder if God has somehow tricked Iggy into going to church. On the other hand, the United Palace will definitely hear language it’s not used to hearing!

swampdevil on February 25, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Iggy Pop will be performing at the “United Palace” Mon Apr 9,2007.Cant wait to see the theater!

jackeboy on January 7, 2007 at 5:20 pm

Ed- this comes from someone who works at the Beacon. As far as the Allman Brothers, They have such a history with the Beacon that they will continue playing there. MSG took over the Beacon as of the first of January.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 7, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Has that been confirmed? And what is the effective date of the changeover? I recently heard that the annual spring run at the Beacon by the Allman Brothers Band has been announced for 2007.

jackeboy on January 5, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Now that the people at MSG have taken over the Beacon Theatre, Ron Delsener productions will be producing rock shows here.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 5, 2007 at 4:39 pm

Wow, Warren. Those are eye-popping photos on the church’s website. Thanks for the tip.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 5, 2007 at 7:06 am

For reasons unknown, this seems to be the least documented (photographically) of the ‘Wonder’ theatres.

lacamacho559 on January 5, 2007 at 6:38 am

please does any body know where i can get old photos of this theatre

Altoblanco on December 11, 2006 at 8:56 am

I drove by this place on Saturday night (after visiting Loew’s Jersey) on my way up Broadway to 177th Street – it looks like a cross between a temple and a fortress, especially in the dark. Given its somewhat intimidating late-night surroundings, it seems a rather appropriate combination!

RobertR on August 29, 2006 at 5:14 pm

Not only a double bill but the “Miss No-Cal Beauty Contest"
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 17, 2006 at 6:51 am

Huzzah, Ken! I could get lost for hours in this one theater alone, let alone all of Upper Broadway. I simply must get up there one day when I have no other agenda but to stroll and photograph.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 17, 2006 at 5:04 am

What? No KenRoe photos of the 175th? Don’t let me down, Ken… Passed by again yesterday on my way home from The Cloisters. Had there been an easy parking spot in sight, I’d have pulled over and filled my digital camera’s memory card with images. I grabbed a fleeting shot from my car window while stopped at the traffic light… but I hesitate to even post it. Of course, I won’t let that stop me:

Smile as you pass

I definitely was smiling. I need to get into this theater some day.

LuisV on June 18, 2006 at 3:00 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed the A&E specialon the Loew’s Wonder Theaters, but was left wanting more. Much More!!!!! The theaters are incredibly special and represent an architectural legacy that will never be duplicated. That all five of these theaters still exist is a miracle, but this show could easily have done a hour or more devoted to their history and current states of condition. It was truly uplifting to see what has been done by voulnteers to rescue the Jersey. Why can’t the same be done for the Kings! It is already owned by the city. The borough presidents office could easily earmark discretionary funds to jumpstart this project and Brooklyn corporate sponsors could be enlisted as well.

I was disappointed that we saw virtually none of the 175th St. theater in this special. I also was surprised that they didn’t devote more to the Paradise since it has just been reopened. I wanted to see more of the architectual details.

Maybe I would never have been satified no matter how much they showed! :–)

I was great to see these theaters given the attention they desparately need if we are to preserve them for future generations.

Bway on June 6, 2006 at 5:57 am

Does the congregation of this church use the original theater organ for their services, or has that been removed and replaced?