United Palace Theatre

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United Palace Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy United Palace of Cultural Arts
United Palace of Cultural Arts

This renovated movie house, which was once a vaudeville theater, dates from the 1930s. It really does feel as if you’ve entered a palace here, with the shimmering chandeliers, ornate ceiling and gold-drenched corridors. Over the past few years, the venue’s bookings have ranged from popular young acts such as Adele, Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver to stalwarts of the music world like Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers Band. Though it's located at the top end of Manhattan, far beyond the traditional nightlife or tourist zone, the theater is nevertheless easily accessible by subway.


Venue name: United Palace Theatre
Address: 4140 Broadway
New York

Cross street: at 175th St
Transport: Subway: A to 175th St
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I went here tonight as part of an Open House NY event and was amazed at the upkeep of this gorgeous theater! It is one of the five Loew's Wonder Theatres (Kings Theater in Brooklyn is another -- and even more stunning tbh!) and was built in 1930. It started as a movie theater as well as for vaudevilles and has since transformed into a church. Almost everything looks as it did when it opened and they even mentioned that they will soon start a 7-year project to restore the oldest organ in NYC in its original theater. If you have a chance stop inside and enjoy the intricate, opulent details everywhere you look!