Explore the ornately designed Loew’s Valencia Theater in Jamaica, Queens, the first of the five Loew’s Wonder Theaters built in New York City in the 1920s. The building is now home to the Tabernacle of Prayer for All. Hear the history of this stunning landmark from the church’s pastoral secretary Sister Forbes while sitting in the magnificent 3500-seat theater. After the talk, guests will have time to walk around freely and photograph the space, with staff on hand to answer any additional questions. This visit, taking place on October 20th, is open to Untapped Cities Insiders. Not an Insider yet?  Become a member today and access free behind-the-scenes tours and events in New York City all year long!

DATE: Saturday, October 20th from 11:00AM to 12:30PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 40 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Friday, October 5th at 12 PM EST

The Loew’s Valencia Theater opened its doors on January 12, 1929. The other four movie palaces that were dubbed Loew’s “Wonder Theaters” include Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, Manhattan’s 175th Street Theater, the Bronx’s Paradise Theater, and Loew’s Jersey City. The Valencia was designed by Austrian-born architect John Eberson who wanted movie-goers to feel as if they were watching a film in a distant and exotic outdoor locale like “an Italian garden, a Persian court, a Spanish patio, or a mystic Egyptian templeyard.” For the Valencia, Eberson mixed elements of the Spanish, Morrish, Mexican, and Baroque styles to create an unique and ornately decorated movie palace.

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