United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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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?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 1, 2006 at 4:10 pm

The St. Nicholas Arena was near what is currently Lincoln Center in the mid ‘60’s off Columbus Avenue. While closed for many years, the arena was only demolished fairly recently – within the last 5-10 years or so? The arena was originally a turn of the century roller rink and played host to rock and roll concerts as well as boxing and wrestling matches. Not sure where the St. Nicholas Palace was located, but I am sure that the aka “United Palace” listed above refers to the building’s current name under Rev. Ike’s stewardship.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 1, 2006 at 12:45 pm

That seems about right, Ken. There is a venue on 176th and St. Nicholas that shows up in the NY Times as playing movies but then switches to boxing matches in the early 40’s when the US enters the war. It can’t be this theatres since Loews 175th Street was open and showing films during this same period. It is possible that the St. Nicholas Palace had boxing events while the “Annex” or “Garden” continued with movies and concerts. By all indications this seems to have been a very active section of Manhattan at least until after the war or whenever the Major Deegan cut-off the Bronx. There was skating rinks, bowling and concerts nightly along with the movies, fights, music halls and plays.