The Palace Cathedral - Facts & History

United Church, under the direction of REV. IKE, is a place of worship for thousands of people of various races, faiths, and social strata. It is also a classic, architecturally grand, international, inter-cultural Center for the Arts.

Facts and History

The square block United Building Complex, containing the Palace Auditorium, was purchased by the United Christian Evangelistic Association in 1969, under the direction of Dr. Frederick Eikerenkoetter (“Rev. Ike”), Founder and Pastor of the United Church. It fronts on four streets, occupying a full block on Broadway, 175th Street, and Wadsworth Avenue.

The building was the last of the “Wonder Theatres” erected between 1925 and 1930. These “Wonder Theatres” were so named because of their extravagant design and were placed in strategic areas of Manhattan. Intended as a stage theatre, it opened February 15th, 1930, and housed vaudeville shows for uptown residents. With the decline of vaudeville and the growing popularity of moving pictures, the theatre was quickly converted to a deluxe movie house and renamed Loew’s 175th Street Theatre.

A World-Class Architectural Treasure, listed in the New York City Architectural Guide

Through extensive renovation, the original design intended by its architect, Thomas Lamb, has been regained. Its architectural style has been classified as a monument to eclectic orientalia with a Moorish/Rococo influence. Its interior is ornately decorated with filigreed walls and ceilings, illuminated with directional lighting from within and behind walls. The original elegance has been enhanced by the addition of authentic Louis XV and XVI furnishings and a collection of other works of art.

Wonder Theatre Organ, with Seven-Story, Twin Chambers

The auditorium contains a Robert Morton Wonder organ, with Twin Chambers, seven stories high. The International Theatre Organ Guild Society has restored this instrument, and holds its International conventions and concerts here, with performers from around the world. We are told that it is the only such organ, anywhere, left in its original site.

An Educational, Cultural Community and Concert Center


In addition to being a magnificent non-denominational place of worship, the United Complex is also one of New York’s finest cultural centers. Many international and community organizations use the building for commencement exercises, concerts, fashion shows, recording sessions, motion pictures, and other civic events. The stage and sound facilities are some of the finest in New York City.

A Star of Faith Seen in New York and New Jersey

At the top of the building is the Prayer Tower, with its beautiful stained glass windows. This is where Rev. Ike and his Associate Ministers handle prayer requests from around the world. The light from its 12-foot high Star of Faith, atop the 23-foot candle, can be seen for miles around, in New York and New Jersey. It serves as both a beacon and a blessing to many.

A Television Sound Recording and Movie Production Center

Rev. Ike has produced his Inspirational/Motivational television program, “The Joy of Living” from this Palace since 1971. International movie and television producers, and reporters from around the world have produced movies, T.V. and sound recordings in these facilities.

Don’t let “ungodly” costs run you away from New York!

At the fraction of the cost of what other locations would rent for, you can utilize the most opulent, restored theatre on Broadway, at 175th Street, in New York City. In Washington Heights at the George Washington Bridge. Easy access from the TRI-STATE AREA, (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) without encountering the congestion and expense of “midtown madness!”

Movies • TV Production • Sound Recordings
Videos Concerts • Special Events • Theatre • Pipe Organ


Convenient to all public transportation, parking garages,
and arranged valet parking at the door!

Proceeds from the rental of the Palace Auditorium are used in the preservation and maintenance of the Palace and to further the various ministries of the Church, which include Youth and Social Programs, to serve the Community and the general public.

At the time of reserving the Palace, a non-refundable deposit is required.

Any equipment requested, will be supplied at an additional cost. Cafeteria facilities are available upon request and for an additional fee.

Security by arrangement

Contact: (212) 568-6700

Regina Trigg, Ext. 42

 

 

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