United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 21, 2018 at 6:11 am

Article- https://www.6sqft.com/behind-the-scenes-at-the-united-palace-theatre-washington-heights-opulent-wonder-theatre/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 21, 2018 at 6:10 am

The 2018 schedule is below:

Jan 28: Wall-E

Feb 11: My Fair Lady

March 25: Metropolis

April 29: On The Waterfront

May 6: Aliens

June 3: Inside Out

Aug 19: Lawrence of Arabia

Sept 16: Sister Act

Oct 28: The Exorcist

Nov: Annual Gala Screening

Dec 16: It’s a Wonderful Life

Past movies include:

2017

Mar 5: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Apr 2: Blade Runner (2007)

May 7: The Sound of Music

June 5: Dog Day Afternoon

June 25: Coming to America

Aug 6: Jaws

Sept 10: City Lights (with live organ)

Oct 29: Night of the Living Dead

Nov 19 (Annual Movie Gala): Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Dec 17: It’s a Wonderful Life

2016

“It’s a Wonderful Life” with pre-show caroling and introduction by Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen

“The Wizard of Oz” introduced by New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick

“Mary Poppins” with pre-show thank you to Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Fiddler on the Roof” with pre-show mini-concert by musicians from the Broadway revival, including violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Opening night of the Dominican Film Festival of New York with the international premiere of “La Familia Reyna” (The Reyna Family)

“Wild Style” with Q&A by director Charlie Ahearn and a pre-show breakdance

“Singing in the Rain” with song and dance routine by the Bathtub Ginnys

And a vintage clothing fashion show

“Frozen” with a magic show by Queen Elsa

2015

“Miracle on 34th Street” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film Commission

“Seven Year Itch” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film Commission

“Phantom of the Opera” with live organ, mini concert by Broadway performers, and costume parade

“Down Argentine Way” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film Commission

“A Fool There Was” & “Bright Eyes” as part of “The Women of Fox Film Festival” with the Fort Lee Film

“Mad Hot Ballroom” The 10-year anniversary and reunion

“Selma” and Q&A with Amelia Boynton Robinson

“On the Town" with Lou Lumenick and mini concert by cast members from the Broadway show

“Rear Window” with Lou Lumenick and a vintage clothing fashion show

“Sweet Smell of Success” with Lou Lumenick

“Moonstruck” with Lou Lumenick

2014

“It’s a Wonderful Life” with Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen

“Elf” with youth performances by Broadway Performing Arts Center

“Frankenstein” with Gary Lucas performing the world premiere of his new score

“Guys and Dolls” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and mini concert by Broadway performers

“The Fisher King” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and writer Richard LaGravenese

“Manhattan” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and assistant director Fred Blankfein

“The Warriors” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Lemon Anderson

“King Kong” with John Landis and Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Ghostbusters” with Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Margulies (Mayor Lenny), and “real life” Ghostbusters

“West Side Story” with Rita Moreno and Lin-Manuel Miranda

“The Muppets Take Manhattan” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and actor/director Lonny Price

2013

“Casablanca” with Lou Lumenick and a celebration of the Return of Film to the Palace

The U.S. premiere of “200 Cartas”

“Celebrating Sousa in Film and Musical Theatre”

The Best of the Dominican Film Festival

The World Premiere of “Trouble in the Heights”e the official website changes-

Orlando
Orlando on September 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

The Sept. 10 screening of “City Lights” drew over 600 customers, some first time visitors were in awe of the theatre. It was preceeded by a Chaplin short “By The Sea” which was accompanied by the original organ on the lift which has been electrified. Thanks Mike Fitelstein.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

website says Sept 10 City Lights with live organ. Will that still be held?

MarkA
MarkA on July 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

GREAT NEWS! The New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS) has removed the theatre’s Robert Morton Wonder Organ for a top-to-bottom as-built restoration. This was the last of Wonder Organs built by the former Robert Morton Organ Company of Van Nuys CA. NYTOS has a special website about “Restoring the Wonder.” It can be found at: http://www.restoringthewonder.org/. The website is fabulous and should not be missed. When the Morton is reinstalled in the theatre, the number of New York City’s playing theatre organ original installations will increase to three, the other two being the Radio City Music Hall (Wurlitzer) and the now being restored Brooklyn Paramount Theater (Wurlitzer).

Lou_Lumenick
Lou_Lumenick on December 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

Correction: It was the spectacular new DCP program system that was donated by Mr. Miranda. They are raising funds for the great new sound system, part of which is already there on approval.

Lou_Lumenick
Lou_Lumenick on December 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

Just a note that I will be introducing “The Wizard of Oz'‘ here on Dec. 11. It’s the third film that will be shown with a much-upgraded sound system donated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who introduced "Mary Poppins’‘ at the Palace in October. There’s an admission charge for the "Oz’‘ screenings, but there is a free open house from 12 to 4, including tours at 1:30 and 2:30.

npalmer
npalmer on August 28, 2016 at 3:02 am

This YouTube clip shows the organ console being presented on stage prior to restoration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBJFNGj6Puw&feature=youtu.be

JAlex
JAlex on August 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

Brief lobby area shot appears in Woody Allen’s “Café Society.” Shot passes for a Hollywood movie palace.

NYer
NYer on May 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis & Rose Byrne filmed a movie premiere party scene in the lobby here for the 2014 “Annie”. Shot in photo section.

guarina
guarina on May 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Tinseltoes, Then it must have been the RKO Coliseum. I remember Broadway was blocked by the snow, it was February 1st, we took a taxi coming out of the theater, but the driver stopped in front of the Presbyterian Medical Center and told us to get off, he couldn’t go on.

guarina
guarina on May 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm

How depressing! I think I saw “Giant” with Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor there in an early February, there was a heavy snowfall.

guarina
guarina on May 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I remember Loew’s 175th from 1951 and it was still a theater in 1957. The “Big Three” railroad-car style diner was across 175th Street, there was a photo studio across Broadway. My cousin worked as an usher there while in high school.

NYer
NYer on April 7, 2015 at 7:01 pm

The 2002 comedy “The Guru” starring Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham & Marisa Tomei filmed a big Bollywood number here. Screen shots in photo section.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I know this is late notice, but tonight, April 7th, at 8:30, WNYE-TV channel 25 will be airing an episode of their Blueprint NYC series devoted to the Loew’s Wonder Theaters. If you miss it, you may be able to watch the episode at their website after it has aired.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

markp, unfortunately not, but I believe they sell the video on the tv stations website. Perhaps someone has that clip and can post it for us on youtube. The only tour show I recorded was when the played the Wurlitzer organ at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

markp
markp on February 12, 2015 at 11:04 am

theatrefan, is there any link to that show on youtube or somewhere else?

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

In the 1999 WNET-TV channel 13 Special A Walk Up Broadway with David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis, the visit the 175th Street, go into the original projection room & fire up the old projection equipment & of course everything still worked, exactly like it did way back in 1969, when it was a Loew’s House. They don’t make stuff like they used to anymore.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 11, 2015 at 10:17 am

Was here on Sunday for “The Sweet Smell Of Success”, this theatre is very similar to the Landmark (Loew’s State) in Syracuse NY. It is maintained in meticulous condition & truly a stunning sight to behold. I encourage everyone to can to try to make it up to see this Wonder theatre, it’s well worth the trip! Also on February 22nd it will be 85 years old! Happy Birthday United Palace!

Bway
Bway on January 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

The theater is now called United Palace of Cultural Arts, and should probably be changed in the main heading above:

http://unitedpalace.org/upca

Lou_Lumenick
Lou_Lumenick on January 8, 2015 at 8:50 am

I will be hosting a free screening of “Moonstruck'‘ at the United Palace with my special guest, author Farran Nehme ("Missing Reels’‘) at 5 p.m. this Sunday (Jan. 11). If you can’t make that, I’ll be back with free screenings of "Sweet Smell of Success’‘ (with James Wolcott of Vanity Fair, Feb. 8) and "Rear Window’‘ on March 8. You’re all invited!

More info: http://unitedpalace.org/upca

robboehm
robboehm on February 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

Loew’s 175 Street opened on February 22, 1930 (in those days the George Washington National Holiday). It was the last of the “wonder theatres” in the NY-NJ area; preceded by the Valencia, Paradise, Kings and Jersey City. See opening ad in the photos section.

LuisV
LuisV on November 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

I went to the showing of Casablanca last night and it was a roaring success. Announced attendance was over 1,100 people! They had to open the balcony to handle the crowd. A large number of people came in Black Tie and Gowns in the spirit of Rick’s Cafe (and the free admission to those who did). The theater is spectacular! They announced that regularly scheduled classics would begin in 2014 with curating help from Lin Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the amazing “In The Heights!” The fist series will be films which highlight New York and the first one to be shown will be “The Muppets Take Manhattan!”

markp
markp on November 16, 2013 at 5:41 am

Thanks much AlAverez. As luck would have it I am now working, but have made a note of how to get there in the future. Thanks again.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Markp, take the “A"or the "C” train from the Port authority NORTH to 168th street and then walk up to 176th Street on Broadway.