9. The United Palace Took Only 13 Months to Build

United Palace theater ceiling
Image courtesy The United Palace

When asked about what was one of the most impressive facts about the United Palace, Mike Fitelson tells us that it’s astonishing how quickly the building was built, given how intricate the architecture and interior are. At the time, “they were building dozen and dozens of theaters every year,” Fitelson notes. “They had a pretty strong process going, and it was the fifth one of the Wonder theaters, so there’s was a groove going.”

This is particularly impressive when considering the fact that the stock market crash took place right before the building’s debut. “It would sort of be similar to somebody who was building a new building downtown, at the World Trade Center, on September 10th, 2001,” says Fitelson.