Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #80

Tabernacle of Prayer for All People

Architect: John Eberson
Style: Renaissance Revival
Use: Theatre
Opened: 1929
Borough: Queens

One of the great movie palaces (or Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” as they were known) of the 1920’s, the former Valencia Theatre has – like so many of its cousins – been converted and repurposed as a church. Unlike many others, its gorgeous Spanish and Persian-style interiors remain intact. Experiencing the incredible atmosphere of this palatial gem may be well worth sitting through a Sunday sermon.

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