Original Loew's Wonder Theater Screening '2001: A Space Odyssey' Sunday April 7th
The Loew’s 175th Street Theatre was originally built in 1930, one of five deluxe "Wonder Theatres" located in the New York City area. By 1969, the movie palace faced an uncertain future as the era of the single screen movie houses was ending and the building was falling into disrepair. The theatre was rescued when a spiritual center, now known as the United Palace of Spiritual Arts (UPSA), purchased the building and began restoring its timeless grandeur, holding religious services and entertainment events ever since.
UPSA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the palace’s re-birth with a live pre-show theatre organ performance followed by a special screening of ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY,’ the last movie shown in 1969. The screening includes an introduction by actor Keir Dullea, who starred as astronaut Dr. Dave Bowman in the film. Before the movie, Keir will be available for autographs.
Following the movie will be an anniversary service that explores the ongoing power of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ honors the Palace’s last 50 years, and kicks-off the countdown to February 2020 when the United Palace turns 90. The ceremony will be led by Keir Dullea and UPSA Board Chair Jean Houston, continuing with an after-party on stage with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
Tickets to the screening are $20 ($10 for children, seniors, and students) and can be purchased here. Tickets for the movie + after-party celebration are $69.
Furthermore, Metaflix has already begun working on a special video featuring the incredible history and present-day uses of the five original Loew’s Wonder Theaters, so be sure check out our Youtube channel by clicking HERE or on the photo below. See you there!