Secret Lives Tour: United Palace Theater-2013
Secret Lives Tour: United Palace Theater
Tuesday, October 22,2013 6:00pm
HDC’s Secret Lives Tours highlight some of the most original and rarely-seen spaces in New York. The series takes attendees inside unique and spectacular spaces in the city, both big and small, to learn about their purpose, history and preservation. Join HDC for a tour of the famed United Palace, led by Mike Fitelson, who oversees the Palace’s arts and cultural center.
Originally known as Loew’s 175th Street Theater, the building was the last of the “Wonder Theatres” to be constructed in New York City and New Jersey in 1930. These theaters were built to showcase vaudeville and later movies, and known for their extravagant and atmospheric design in a variety of exotic styles. Here at the 175th Street location, the decoration incorporates elements of Indian, Cambodian, Moorish, Byzantine and Art Deco architecture. The auditorium seats more than 3,000 people and includes the original seven-story organ. Today the theater is wonderfully intact, a testament to its owner, Rev. Ike and Christ United Church, which purchased the building in 1969, making it the headquarters of their mission. Today the building is home to three separate operations: the United Palace Cathedral, United Palace Theatre, and United Palace of Cultural Arts.
$50 for Friends of HDC, $75 for general public
If you any questions please contact [email protected] or 212.614.9107
Exact meeting location for tour is available upon registration. Space is limited.