Radio City Music Hall

1260 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

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Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

“Dancing Waters” depicted in this 1953 trade report: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 3, 2012 at 4:19 am

A projectionist’s day described in this 1949 trade article: boxofficemagazine

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2012 at 7:06 am

It certainly was. To prove how popular Cinerama was in 1963, I saw it in Montclair, a New Jersey suburb and not a big city by any means. Now there are only three 3-strip Cinerama theaters left in the entire world.

AGRoura on June 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

Well Bill, your first roadshow experience must have been very thrilling, 3 strip Cinerama, wow! It’s a shame we don’t have a Cinerama house in our area.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

Oh yes, they were all 35mm regular runs at “popular prices” in local New Jersey theaters. I wish I had seen them as roadshows! My first roadshow was “How the West Was Won”, in Cinerama.

AGRoura on June 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

But Bill, Spartacus, Lawrence and the others were two a day roadshow presentations, you had to see them from the beginning starting with the overture and the curtain closed. Are you referring to having seeing them in continuous performances in a move over, usually in 35mm not 70mm, after the roadshow engagement?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2012 at 5:51 am

Other times (non-Music Hall) when I walked in on the middle of the movie: “Spartacus”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Cleopatra”, “My Fair Lady”. It really was a common practice back then. That’s why the “Psycho” restriction was so revolutionary (and effective).

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

Saps: I’d say the people on those long lines definitely came in the middle. I was on a four-hour line for the 1969 Christmas show, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, and we were just glad to finally get in the building. The movie was already playing, but we just found seats and tried to figure out what was going on. I also saw “The Out-of-Towners” at the Hall a few months later under those same circumstances. The line wasn’t as long, but we did walk in while the movie had already been playing for about 45 minutes.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 30, 2012 at 4:35 am

Did they come into Radio City in the middle of the show as they did at other movie theaters (“this is where we came in”) in the pre-Psycho days? It must have been mild chaos with all the comings and goings.

Tinseltoes on June 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

Waiting lines of 3.5 hours were the norm during the 1945 Christmas holiday show, with “The Bells of St. Mary’s” on screen: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 29, 2012 at 5:38 am

Discount coupons for Cirque du Soliel’s current “Zarkana” at RCMH are being handed out daily at busy NYC intersections like Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street. The “Golden Ticket Special” offers “Best Seats” in the orchestra and first mezzanine for $75 each (regularly $120-$130). Sales are subject to availability and limited to 8 tickets per purhaser. Just think: a family of four can attend the 90-minute show for only $300!

Tinseltoes on June 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

Record-breaking lines for MGM’s “The Philadelphia Story”: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 5:03 am

Here’s a two-page advertising collage of crowd scenes during the opening morning in 1935 of the Astaire-Rogers musical, “Top Hat”: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 18, 2012 at 5:15 am

Warner Bros. took a bit of a liberty with this two-page 1950 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

Here’s a 1933 trade ad announcing the opening of “King Kong” at NYC’s two newest show palaces: archive

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

If only the Music Hall’s screen was that large!

moviebuff82 on June 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

Three years before Gone with the wind became a hit.

Tinseltoes on June 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

Here’s the first page of a 1936 trade ad for David O. Selznick’s Technicolored “Garden of Allah,” which was due to open soon at RCMH: archive

Tinseltoes on June 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

Here’s a trade ad for RCMH’s first film under its new screen/stage policy: archive

Tinseltoes on May 25, 2012 at 4:16 am

Seventy-nine years ago today, RCMH opened what is still regarded as one of the most bizarre programs in its history. On screen was WB’s “Elmer the Great,” a B&W baseball comedy with wide-mouthed clown Joe E. Brown in the title role. The stage show was topped by a condensed version of the classic Italian opera “I Pagliacci,” plus the 60 members of the Corps de Ballet in “La Sylphide,” and “An Orchid to You” spectacle featuring “the incomparable” Roxyettes. An added screen bonus was Walt Disney’s latest Technicolor cartoon, “Three Little Pigs,” which introduced what quickly became one of the theme songs of the Depression era— “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

I miss the 6th Avenue el, (seen in the photo five responses above this) even thought it was torn down decades before I was born.

rcdt55b on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

That’s what it seems.

Vito on May 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

I recall they had an option for 2013, was it not as popular as they had hoped?

rcdt55b on May 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

Cirque is leaving after this year. They are not staying as long as they were supossed to.

Vito on May 21, 2012 at 7:26 am

Cirque du Soleil opens again soon I wondered if it is the same show as last year and is anyone here working on it?