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The fifth and last of the Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” to be built in New York, Loew’s 175th Street Theatre was thought to be the most elaborate of architect Thomas Lamb’s endeavors. The walls of the auditorium were embellished with Indo-Chinese decoration and the foyer featured a palatial staircase leading to a grandiose, aurora borealis headed by a goddess decoration. It facade was decorated in a blocky, stylized version of the Mayan style. It was opened in February 1930, and closed in March 1969.
Currently the theater is home to Christ United Church, founded by the late evangelist Reverend Ike, and is known as The Palace Cathedral for church services. In recent years it has also been used as a concert venue and is known as the United Palace when booked for such events.
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