United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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mhvbear on April 19, 2007 at 11:07 pm

Seeing Bjork here as well. Also seeing her shows at Radio City Music Hall and the Apollo Theater. This theater has a few major shows coming up besides the Bjork show.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 19, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Good luck finding parking ANYWHERE in the city! Lots will be expensive, but I’m sure – if you must drive – that you can easily locate a nearby pay lot by doing a google search for “kinney parking”, “icon parking” or “parking lots NYC.”

LuisV on April 19, 2007 at 12:51 pm

If you’re not sure about the neighborhood the solution is very simple. Just park your car on the Upper West Side below 120th? or so and just hop on the nearby subway to get up and back from the theater. Enjoy the show!

funhouse on April 19, 2007 at 10:39 am

Warren – Thanks for the info! Unfortunately since we’re coming a long way we have to drive. Is parking really, really bad? Is the neighborhood unsafe? Just wondering what to expect since we’ve never been there. Thanks again!

funhouse on April 19, 2007 at 9:58 am

We’ll be attending the Bjork concert on May 5. Does anyone know the parking situation at the United Palace Theater? Are there lots nearby? If so, how much is does parking cost for events? Is there street parking that is safe? Is the neighborhood safe? Thanks in advance!!!

Bway on March 18, 2007 at 7:41 am

Luis, you are correct, and the New Amsterdam is the perfect example. It should never have been a movie theater to begin with….but thankfully, since it had been “downgraded” for a time to show movies, even though it has thankfully reverted back to the gem it is today, we can discuss the New Amsterdam….

LuisV on March 18, 2007 at 5:13 am

Bway, thanks the the support and I totally agree that this site is called “Cinema” treasures and not the general “Theater” treasures. Nonetheless, it truly is unfortuante that there is no equivalent site for Legit. I chuckled when you stated that theaters were “downgraded” to present film, but that in fact was the case. It was their only option to survive. The New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd St. is probably the best example of this. An incredibly beautiful, ornate and technically advanced theater built for stage presentations, but forced to show films to adapt to economic realities. As a result, we have the New Amsterdam on this site, but others in the Broadway theater district are not here. Hopefully, we will someday be able to honor these theaters in the same way.

Bway on March 18, 2007 at 3:52 am

Luis, I agree completly, I am intereted in theaters in general. At this time though, the site’s focus is on cinema. Perhaps if the software is ever upgraded, they may consider that who knows, as a subset, but do remember the site is called “Cinema Treasures”….
There are so many worthy, unbelivable legit theaters out there, and I have to say that it’s a shame there’s no place on the web to really discuss them. The ones that were “downgraded” to show cinema at some point found a home here…but many that stayed the course, and putter on as legit houses are unrecognized anywhere.

LuisV on March 17, 2007 at 12:41 pm

My main interest is in the Theaters themselves, whether or not they showed films and so it is more than a little frustrating that many “legit” theaters are omitted from this web site because they did not show films. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is wonderful that we have this site to showcase movie theaters, but I think all theaters (including Legit) should be included, maybe as a separate subset. I think most would agree that it is the architecture that qualifies a theater most as a “Cinema Treasure”. Well, that plus the Cinema part! It would be wonderful if we could honor those Legit Theater Treasures in the same way. These are just as valuable.

dave-bronx™ on March 17, 2007 at 11:56 am

Good point Ed. In the case of the Rivoli, I had forgotten they had changed the name there at the end. The more I think about it there are too many different circumstances to set a consistent etched-in-stone policy regarding names. The software limitations of this site are becoming obvious and I recall one of the owners hinting that there may be an upgrade in the near future. If that’s correct, maybe they can have the search function to search the primary name and the AKA names as well, as you suggested.

Bway on March 17, 2007 at 10:52 am

I always heard they use the most recent name if it is still a theater, cinema or not. There are a few theaters that used to be cinemas, yet now are legit theaters, yet they have the legit theater name listed as the main name.
As for St John the Divine Church, it wouldn’t be listed on the site unless if showed cinema at one time. AFIK, they never showed movies in St John the Divine, so there would be no reason to list it here regardless if they do concerts. The basic criteria that any theater on this site needs to have is that it MUST have shown movies at least briefly for it to be listed. There are PLENTY of worthy theaters or “palaces” that could be listed on the site…but they can’t be because many legit theaters never showed film. A currently legit theater can be listed, so long as it at showed movies at some point….after all this is “Cinema Treasures”, not “Theater Treasures”.

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.