3. Loew’s 175th Street Theater, United Palace
Loew’s 175th Street Theatre opened in 1930 as the last of the five Loew’s Wonder Theaters. In 1969, the theater was saved from possible demolition by Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II (Reverend Ike) who transformed the theater into a church. The building, now known as the United Palace Theater, is still home to the Rev. Ike’s church and is also used as a performance venue. Read more about Upper Broadway’s forgotten movie theaters here.
On October 11th, 2015, take a tour of this opulent theater, described by The New York Times as a “delirious masterpiece” and a “feast” of ornamentation, led by Mike Fitelson Executive Director of the United Palace of Cultural Arts. Ticket also includes entry into the Women of the Fox Film Festival screening of Down Argentine Way, starring Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda: