Radio City Music Hall

1260 6th Avenue,
New York, NY 10020

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 9, 2018 at 6:25 am

It’s that time again. “Christmas Spectacular 2018” opens a month from today on November 9th, offering an “all-new” finale and “redesigned elements” in preceding scenes. Details here

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm

Tonight’s mtv video music awards is being shown live from this venue.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 1, 2018 at 7:36 am

Lots of mistakes in that book so don’t take it as any kind of bible.

kong1911
kong1911 on July 1, 2018 at 7:05 am

Did anyone read “An affectionate history of the world’s greatest theater” by Charles Fransisco Published in 1979. I found it at my local library. I found out that it had not been taken out in years so I asked if I could buy it from them. The rats kept putting me off until I found it new on amazon so I bought it new from them. It’s a very good book with lots of photos from the beginning to 1978. It also has a listing of every movie that played there and the year it was shown.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 1, 2018 at 3:57 am

Films like Matilda as posted by NYer were intentionally programmed along with the staggeringly bad stage shows. The people in charge wanted to make sure business was lousy so they could close the place. Absolutely no effort was any longer being made to make the Music Hall worth going to. Even the tourists were avoiding it like the plague.

Notice Leonidoff retired just when the ballet company was disbanded. Because this meant the Music Hall would no longer be able to stage any more of its spectacles and the stage would be sparsely populated. Embarrassing everybody on stage and in the audience.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

How were the Tonys?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm

During their first year of operation, the Music Hall and New Roxy were often advertised together for their location in Radio City, “Show Place of the Nation.” A typical ad from June, 1933, can be seen here

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 28, 2018 at 9:23 am

Apropos CC’s posted ad.

Plaza Suite was in no way a family film. And in no way was this film going to match anywhere near the success of BITP or Odd Couple. But look at those cheap prices even for ‘71.

Rhapsody in Blue was a wonderful Music Hall spectacle staple and this was sadly the last time it was done.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

I attended the Tonys at Radio City in 2001. That was the year The Producers took home a lot of gold. We had first tier seats. The seats adjacent to ours were occupied by the proud parents of a gypsy who was making his Broadway debut in the revival of 42nd Street. I believe they had travelled from Ohio or some other midwestern state to watch him perform with the ensemble. And in the row ahead of us, I spied the actor Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Harry Potter) viewing the proceedings through a pair of Opera glasses.

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 26, 2018 at 10:58 pm

When they were held in Broadway theaters no. The Music Hall is so large that yes.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 26, 2018 at 10:11 pm

I don’t think Tony tickets are actually offered for sale to the general public, but I could be wrong…

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm

I’m sure anybody can go and pay face value. Looks like the least interesting race in Tony history and that’s saying something. Even on theater chat sites there isn’t much interest. Scalpers even sell tickets to easily available Broadway shows. I guess there are enough tourists who aren’t aware how this works. England now has draconian laws for a show like Hamilton to avoid this kind of thing. And a current British music star who has a concert tour coming up has a complex system in place to make sure his fans can buy tickets at face value. There is even discussion about people presenting ID when purchasing tickets. Which means of course no gifting of tickets. It might be a price to pay for going to a hit show.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 26, 2018 at 8:23 am

Scalpers are offering tickets for the June 10th “Tony Awards” ceremony at RCMH for upwards of $500 each. Details here

NYer
NYer on May 22, 2018 at 3:11 am

In the summer of 1985 Disney took over RCMH and presented their summer movies “The Return To Oz” & “The Black Cauldron” with Summer Magic Special Engagements. With an offer for General Admission Orchestra and Third Mezzanine seats, including a 70MM presentation of the movies, a Disney stage show, 7 Course Meal, Free Parking and Mickey Mouse Watch for the kids.

Opening day ads in photo section.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 18, 2018 at 5:57 am

Easter Sunday fell on March 29th in 1964, while NYC was breathlessly awaiting the grand opening on April 22nd of its first World’s Fair since 1939-40. The Music Hall brought in “The Pink Panther” and new stage show on the next day.

NYer
NYer on May 17, 2018 at 9:32 am

“The World of Henry Orient” opened March 1964 and “The Pink Panther” was April 23, 1964. I typed the wrong date. Sorry, full disclosure, I have Dyscalculia, numerical dyslexia, numbers and dates jumble. And yes “The Pink Panther” played all over the world first with an engagement in Italy in Dec.‘63.

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 17, 2018 at 8:29 am

Concerning NYer Pink Panther ad. That’s very early for a post Easter film. How many weeks did Henry Orient play and what date was Easter that year?

And did Pink Panther open everywhere before opening in NY? That’s unusual as well.

If I had a time machine it’s one of the top films I would have chosen to see at the Hall.

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

Comfortably Cool posted White Cliffs of Dover announcement.

Amazing that June Lockhart who plays the grown up Elizabeth Taylor is still with us.

A wonderful movie.

CF100
CF100 on May 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Article on Radio City Music Hall with photos, cut-away diagram published in a 1933 issue of Popular Science, and a 2013 plan for “America’s Got Talent.”

The auditorium’s acoustics are mentioned in the book “Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture”, by Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter, pp109-11. (Direct link to p109.)

It says that the walls and ceiling were constructed of more than 1000 tons of Kalite sound-absorbing plaster, and the reverberation time was estimated at >1 second, noting that this is a very short time for an auditorium of such volume. Of course, today this could hardly be considered acceptable for the screening of movies.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Mike (saps), you will find those lists around page 73.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Art Deco apartment inside Radio City with photos.

http://www.messynessychic.com/2018/04/05/the-secret-art-deco-apartment-hidden-inside-radio-city-music-hall/

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

I wish there was a way to bookmark the pages that contain the lists and dates of movies that played here.

vindanpar
vindanpar on March 29, 2018 at 9:06 am

Am I going blind? Streisand didn’t star in What’s Up Doc? O'Neal was the only star?

Look at March 28 upload.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm

If you look at the Wikileaks entry, “KING KONG” opened at 99,000 seats in NYC, (so 50,000 was more than enough). The second week dropped 50%, due to the Roosevelt bank holiday and the fact most exploitation films do just that. Still, it was a huge success.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm

I just posted a NY Times ad for King Kong in the photo section. It says “50,000 Seats Were Not Enough”. The date was March 3, 1933.