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United Palace

United Palace
Loew's 175th Street Theatre
(2014)
Address 4140 Broadway
between West 175th and West 176th Streets
Washington Heights, Manhattan
New York City
Coordinates
Owner United Christian Evangelistic Association[1]
Capacity 3,661 (1930);[2] 3,293 (2007) ([3]
Current use church; live music venue
Construction
Opened 1930
Architect Thomas W. Lamb
Website
http://www.unitedpalace.org

The United Palace is a former theatre now used as a church and live music venue, located at 4140 [2] was restored by the church.[7]

Contents

  • History and description 1
  • Gallery 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History and description

A look at the inside of what has been called a "delirious masterpiece"[4]

The Loews 175th Street Theatre was built as one of the Loew's Wonder Theatres, their extravagant and spacious flagships in the New York City area, which included Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City (opened 1929, now a classic cinema and performing arts center); the Loew's Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (1929, under restoration as a performing arts center[8]); the Loew's Paradise Theatre, The Bronx (1929, now a church); and Loew's Valencia Theatre in Queens (1929, now a church[9])

All five theatres featured functionally identical "Wonder Morton" [2]

The 175th Street Theatre seated 3,661 people and opened on February 22, 1930. The first program included the [2]

The architectural style of the George Washington Bridge.

While the United Christian Evangelistic Association continues to own the theater, the recently inaugurated rock concerts presented there have been produced by Andy Feltz, formerly of the Beacon Theatre.[3] Musical performers since 2007 include Vampire Weekend, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, Bob Dylan, Adele, The Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, Sigur Rós, Jackson Browne, Alex Campos, Björk, Allman Brothers Band,[5] Iggy and the Stooges,[5] Modest Mouse,[3] The Black Crowes, Arcade Fire and Kraftwerk.

In 2007, Sir Simon Rattle appeared at the theatre conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring danced by public school students and choreographed by Royston Maldoom.[5] The following year, a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass was given as part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of that composer's birth.[11] In addition, recitals, classes and lectures have also been presented at the theatre, and the TV show Smash has used the theatre to film its fictional Broadway production Bombshell.[12]

In 2013 limited film screenings returned to the Palace. As of 2001, the projection booth still had three six-foot tall Simplex projectors with Peerless arclight housings.[4] In 2013 money was raised to install digital projection in the theatre. The first film presented in the new format was the 1941 Warner Bros classic Casablanca. [13]

Gallery

References

Notes

  1. ^ "4140 Broadway, Manhattan" New York City Geographic Information Services map. Accessed: June 1, 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e "United Church: 'The Palace Cathedral'" in New York City Organ Project New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
  3. ^ a b c d  
  4. ^ a b c d .Dunlap, David W. (April 13, 2001), "Xanadus Rise to a Higher Calling",  
  5. ^ a b c d Atamian, Christopher (November 11, 2007), Rite of Spring" as Rite of Passage""",  
  6. ^ a b Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion. (2004) New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-12543-7, p.286
  7. ^ Lehman-Haupt, Christopher. (July 30, 2009) "Reverend Ike, Who Preached Riches, Dies at 74" New York Times
  8. ^ Alberts, Hana R. (28 May 2014). "See the Amazing Restoration of Flatbush's 1920s Movie Palace". Curbed NYC (Vox Media Inc.). Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Krefft, Jason R. Bryan; and Roe, Ken. "Loew's Valencia Theatre". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  10. ^  , p.568
  11. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (October 26, 2008), "Bernstein Mass Project, Youthful Choristers Imparting New Life",  
  12. ^ Kemp, Kris. "How to Get More Work as a Background Actor (Extra) in New York City"
  13. ^ "Success! $49K Raised to return film to the Palace". United Palace. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Video profile of the United Palace Theater
  • United Place Theater, nocheLatina
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