Explore the opulent Loew’s Valencia Theater in Jamaica, Queens, now home to the Tabernacle of Prayer for All. Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to sit in the Valencia’s 3500-seat theater and hear the history of this stunning landmark from the church’s pastoral secretary Sister Forbes. After the talk, guests will have time to walk around freely and photograph the space, with staff on hand to answer any additional questions.

The Loew’s Valencia Theater opened its doors on January 12, 1929, the first of five flagship “Wonder” theaters opened by the Loew’s chain in and around New York City during the late 1920s. The other four movie palaces 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.

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


If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 10/5 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live on 10/5 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at insiders@untappedcities.com so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!

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