By Bruce Diamond / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Over the upcoming month, the hulking, 3,300-seat auditorium at W. 175th St. and Broadway will serve as the site for the opening of the annual Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll and host a public screening of a documentary film, “To Be Heard.”
Those associated with the UPC say the events are both a symbolic and literal prelude to a development that — if their plans come to fruition could see this 32,000-square-foot complex transformed into a community arts center, a change that could provide badly needed space for upper Manhattan and introduce programs to benefit thousands of children.
They’re calling it the “next chapter” in the life of this former vaudeville house and Loews movie palace, which has served for the last 43 years as the base for the late minister Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II — better known as Rev. Ike — and his multimillion-dollar televangelistic United Church Science of Living Institute.