Radio City Music Hall

1260 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Three years before Gone with the wind became a hit.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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
Tinseltoes on June 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 25, 2012 at 7:16 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 1:36 pm

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
rcdt55b on May 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

That’s what it seems.

Vito
Vito on May 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on May 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

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

Vito
Vito on May 21, 2012 at 10:26 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?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

Here’s a January, 1938 photo showing a waiting line during the smash engagement of Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (plus stage show): lunaimaging

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

Sixty-nine years ago today, George Stevens' B&W wartime housing shortage comedy, “The More the Merrier,” starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, and Charles Coburn, opened its world premiere engagment at RCMH. The Columbia release was later re-made by Columbia Picures in color as “Walk, Don’t Run,” with Cary Grant taking over Coburn’s original role, which did not receive a RCMH booking. Supporting “The More the Merrier” was Leon Leonidoff’s five-scene revue, “Melody Time,” which used the Last Movement of Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto in C Minor” as the overture.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

On March 17 THE SIGNING NUN moved in.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I looked in the NY Times and saw it opened February 17, 1966. But when did it close?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

With this new format I can’t look back at all past comments at once, so I appeal to a helpful CTer — when did Inside Daisy Clover play here? Thanks.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Not coincidental to the success of “The Valley of Decision”, Germany surrendered that week and audiences were optimistic and wanting to see the news.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

And that would mean an average ticket price of $10.44 in 2012 grosses. Not as far off the current price in NYC for a standard (non-IMAX, non 3-D) movie ticket, at least at first blush, as one might have thought. But, if there were still a movie and stageshow policy at a theater like the Music Hall today, I’m sure a considerable premium would be charged!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

In its first week of “The Valley of Decision” and stage show, RCMH grossed approximately $124,000, according to a report in The New York Times, which also noted that about 151,300 tickets were sold. Figuring in prices for reserved seats and children, that would mean an average admission of 82 cents. In 2012, $124,000 would be equal to about $1.58 million.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

Sixty-seven years ago today, two major MGM releases opened their world premiere engagements in New York City within 45 minutes of each other. Radio City Music Hall presented the B&W drama, “The Valley of Decision,” starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck, with “Summer Idyll” featuring the resident company on stage. Less than an hour earlier, Vincente Minelli’s B&W “The Clock,” teaming Judy Garland and Robert Walker, opened at the Capitol Theatre, accompanied by a stage show topped by song stylist Jane Froman, comedian Willie Howard, and George Paxton & His Orchestra with crooner Alan Dale.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Later this year marks the 80th anniversary of this historic venue. Any celebration events?

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on April 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

I’ve uploaded 3 photos from 1991,the projection equipment,spotlights & rewind bench. Sorry for the poor quality but any photo is better than none I guess.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

Seventy-five years ago today, David O. Selznick’s “A Star Is Born,” starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor, opened its NYC premiere at RCMH. Photographed in Technicolor with William A, Wellman as director, the United Artists release was at least a partical remake of the B&W “What Price Hollywood?,” which Selznick had produced in 1932 while employed at RKO. The Music Hall’s stage revue, “La Vie Parisienne,” was produced by Leon Leonidoff, with settings by Bruno Maine. A new Walt Disney cartoon, “The Worm Turns,” provided a screen bonus.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Next week the NFL Draft will begin at the hall. This is a perfect location for such a big event, with most of the crowd die-hard NFL fans and media personell.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Seventy-three years ago today, WB’s “Dark Victory,” a B&W drama with Bette Davis in one of her most tear-inducing performances, opened its NYC premiere engagement at RCMH. A happier mood prevailed in Leon Leonidoff’s stage revue, “Salute to Spring,” which was divided into four scenes entitled “Going Dutch,” “April in the Park,” “Spring Nostalgia,” and “Blossom Time on the Potomac.” A sceen bonus was provided by the Walt Disney Technicolor cartoon, “Donald’s Lucky Day.”

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 4, 2012 at 6:43 am

The link to that TV documentary is divided into three parts, with brief pauses before the starts of the second and third episodes. Total running time is about one hour.