UPCA Events

Reawaken Wonder at a Timeless Movie Palace

Join Lin-Manuel Miranda in upgrading the United Palace for cinema with a screening of the original Mary Poppins

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Doors: 4pm; Lin’s intro: 5pm; Movie: 5:30pm

Tickets: $10-$150, or call 212-568-1157 for group sales.

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Since 2013, UPCA has led crowdsourcing campaigns to purchase used projection equipment and a new screen, returning movies to the Palace for the first time since 1969. The city’s film community has responded enthusiastically, resulting in a string of screenings of beloved classics with pre-movie stage shows to honor the Palace’s past as a vaudeville house.

Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda helped launch Movies at the Palace by supporting initial fundraising campaigns and hosting the first series of “Classic New York Movies” that paired the likes of “West Side Story” with an introduction by Rita Moreno and “King Kong” with an introduction by John Landis.

Now Miranda has continued his support of Movies at the Palace by donating $100,000 for a new DCP projection system that will produce a Hollywood-quality image, replacing the Palace’s old equipment that only played BluRay disks. With Miranda’s generous donation, the Palace will now have a world-class projector to match its two-year-old screen.

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Zombie panel and “Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead)”


Sunday, October 30, 2016
Doors: 4pm; Parade: 5pm; Movie: 5:30pm; Zombie Panel: 7pm
Tickets: $15 at the door (discounted tickets online)


This Halloween, United Palace is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse. Guests can partake in the annual costume parade across the Palace stage. Then we will screen Cuba’s first zombie movie, a horror-comedy hybrid, with more than a touch of political allegory. Finally, our zombie panel will discuss the role of zombies in the movie and contemporary life.

Plot summary: When the dead rise and attack the living, Juan starts a zombie-killing business, until he has to save his small band from being eaten. Starring Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, and Andros Perugorría. Directed by Alejandro Brugués. 2012. 1 hour, 32 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Screened on BluRay.

This screening is part of the “Reawaken Wonder at a Timeless Movie Palace” campaign to bring cinema-quality audio to the Palace to match the new DCP projector donated by Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda. Learn more at https://unitedpalace.org/events/843-reawaken-wonder-at-a-timeless-movie-palace.

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Lobby Series: Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans

Monday, November 7, 2016
Doors: 7:30pm; Show: 8pm
FREE but RSVP recommended

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As part of the 11th annual Latin American Cultural Week, Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans make a return trip to the Palace’s Grand Foyer. The band will play music in the Cuban and Brazilian tradition of Danzon, Son, Choro, and Samba. The quartet features Karen Joseph, flute; Chiemi Nakai, piano; Felicia de Sanctis, guitar; and Annette A. Aguilar, percussion.

The Lobby Series focuses primarily on Northern Manhattan artists in the intimate, yet spectacular, setting of the Palace foyer, which has seating for 100 guests. RSVP to reserve a seat.

Latin American Cultural Week is a program of Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR), founded in 1984 to promote awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of Latin America by sponsoring and presenting multi-disciplinary performances and events to a broad audience of all ages, racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in the Tri-State area, in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations. Learn more about PAMAR at www.pamar.org. A full schedule of events is at www.lacw.net/.