To walk into the spectacular United Palace at Broadway and 175th Street in Washington Heights is to be transported to another time and place. The amazing architecture depicts Buddhas, lions, intricate hand-carved Moorish patterns, and elephants. Everything is gilded. Beyond the elaborate foyer lies the third largest theatre in Manhattan, with 3,400 seats. It opened as a vaudeville house and movie palace in 1930 but the silver screen went dark in 1969.
The need: Now a dedicated group of community members, led by a nonprofit arts and culture center, is campaigning to raise $40,000 in 40 days to return film to the Palace after 40+ years.
The funds will allow us to purchase a digital projection system, clean the decades-old screen, host at least 6 screenings in 2013, and spread the word that film is back at the Palace.
When we are successful, the United Palace will be the only theatre in Manhattan north of 128th Street and the city’s largest theatre with a regular film program.
Donate here: Return Film to the United Palace | Indiegogo.