Radio City Music Hall

1260 6th Avenue,
New York, NY 10020

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Coate on September 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” premiered here 50 years ago today.

Radio City Music Hall was the second theater in the United States to open “Mary Poppins.” (It opened about a month earlier at Grauman’s Chinese in Los Angeles. Also, many sources, including the IMDb, continue to cite an incorrect Radio City/NYC opening date.)

For those who might have an interest, I’d also like to mention I have prepared a “Mary Poppins” 50th anniversary retrospective article for my film & TV history column at The article includes a historian Q&A and a list of many of the film’s first-run engagements. The article is also linked on the Cinema Treasures home page in the News section.

LorinWeigard on September 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Still the grand palace to end all movie palaces—– remember every movie I ever saw there- from “The Spirit of St. Louis” to the special screening of Abel Gance’s “Napoleon” with live orchestra— the nation’s showplace beyond compare

Vito on July 21, 2014 at 6:43 am

Watching a sportscast last night the guys were talking about how the Football draft will no be at RCMH next year cause there is a new show featuring the Rockettes in the works for that time spot. If this is true hopefully it does not fall thru as the last one did. Anyone heard anything about this?

LuisV on June 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

I wish NPH had hosted again. I like Hugh very much but he can’t hold a candle to Neil. I too plan on seeing Gentleman’s Guide again. We bought the cast recording the next day and there are several beautiful songs and the lyrics are smart and witty. Great sets, costumes and very funny.

Vito on June 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

Yup Luis I shared the same thoughts watching the show.
I too loved “Gentleman’s guide” and plan on seeing it again. Let’s also give a big hurrah to Neil Patrick Harris for his outstanding performance and Tony win. only thing missing was seeing the grand curtain go up oh well not that I have not seen that quite a times in the good ole days. Live live RCMH may she prosper and live on

LuisV on June 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

I had the good fortune to attend the TONY awards this year and, in my opinion, the true unheralded star of the show was Radio City itself along with the staff that runs the theater and the show. That this theater could accommodate the high volume of different sets, hundreds of actors, very quick changes as well as a wandering full size orchestra and make it all look like a breeze is nothing short of astounding. Great Job to all and I really need to take a back stage tour of this treasure this year. Also, Congrats to “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” for winning best Musical. A great show and highly recommended.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 13, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Since it opened on December 27, 1932 and screened its first film on January 11, 1933 (exactly two weeks and one day later) I am going to guess that movies were part of the plan from the beginning.

MarkDHite on May 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Just curious, does anyone know if the Music Hall was installed with movie projectors from the start? Or did they have to be added, and the booth windows rebuilt, after the variety format flopped? Thanks!

Cimarron on April 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Upload 1936’s “Mr Deeds Goes To Town” Ad in Photo Section.

Cimarron on April 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Upload of 1935’s “Mister Hobo” Ad in Photo Section.

DaveM on April 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

From the 4/2/14 NYT:

“Marc Platt, a lively and versatile dancer who had standout roles onstage and in films, including in the original 1943 Broadway production of “Oklahoma!” and as one of the virile young woodsmen seeking spouses in the 1954 film musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” died on Saturday in San Rafael, Calif. He was 100.”

“After his dancing career slowed in the 1960s, he spent eight years as the producer and director of Radio City Music Hall’s ballet troupe.”

Cimarron on April 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Upload of 1935’s ad “Peter Ibbetson”

Cimarron on March 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Upload of 1948’s “Date With Judy” ad. Film was based on popular radio program by same name that was on air 1941-1950 and played several weeks at RCMH.

NewYorker64 on March 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

Actually, there’s some video from rehearsals that’s starting to flow out, and frankly, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have pulled the plug myself. Bad story, bad direction of the characters, cloying (i.e., repetitive without any creativity) choreography. And so many people who have worked so hard on this project – I feel for them.

It may be time for a new directorial perspective. I’m just saying…

DavidM on March 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Oh, well. Here’s hoping they mount the show in 2015. In the meantime, I heard a rumor about the spectacle which will replace Heart and Lights. It’s a musical update of The Exorcist. In the new version, James Dolan becomes possessed by the spirits of both Leonidoff and Russell Markert. When all attempts at a conventional exorcism fail, Father Merrin calls upon the Rockettes to kick the unwanted spirit out. The Rockettes succeed, leaving Leonidoff and Markert to ring in a new era for the Hall.

moviebuff82 on March 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm….no wonder why MSG promoted this a lot on tv…heard about it on facebook…

robboehm on March 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

In this Oscar season I’ve uploaded a photo of an ad from February 18, 1948 for “A Double Life”. Ronald Coleman won best actor 1947 a month later qualifying because the film played a limited engagement in LA the previous December.

robboehm on February 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

First time, and, in color, the public had seen America’s most popular couple, Lucy and Desi, on the big screen. Opening day February 18, 1954. See photos.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

And since no one really wanted to see The Master it would have been a lot of work for very few eyeballs.

RobertEndres on February 14, 2014 at 9:51 am

According to IMDb “The Great Race” was a Panavision blow-up to 70mm. As rcd55b points out there was only one aperture plate cut for most 70mm presentation, but there were a variety of aspect ratios in the 70mm format. 1:85:1 blow-ups (Days of Heaven, Roger Rabbit, etc.) were “hard-matted” by the labs to fit into the 2.21:1 70mm projected frame. In the case of the Music Hall where we had a downward angle we covered the keystone by adjusting the masking rather than cut a new plate as we would have for 35mm.

We also had an interesting test reel from “Ben-Hur” which was shot in “Camera 65” MGM’s proprietary 70mm process. The image had a slight anamorphic squeeze resulting in an aspect ratio of 2.76:1. (Without the custom anamorphic lens Heston and the cast looked as if they’d dropped a few pounds.)

One other note: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” was shot on 65mm film, which may have created some complications as 65mm cameras were also designed to shoot full-frame images. Anderson wanted 1.85 as an aspect ratio, and in most cases the lab would just hard matte the printed image, but for some reason, the image on the film was wider than 1.85 but less than 2.21:1, thus exposing things the director didn’t want seen at the edges of the picture (with 35mm if you pull the 1.85 plate in the projector you’re liable to see microphone booms and lights at the top of the set if the image hasn’t been hard-matted.) Thus theatres that ran “The Master” had to cut new 70mm plates. We wanted to do it my room, but no one makes 70mm parts which would have required going to a machine shop to get the plates cut. Just one more complication for anyone wanting to make a 70mm picture today.

rcdt55b on February 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Both. It is the film stock size. Everyone refers to seeing it in 70MM because there was really only one plate to cut for 70MM. 35MM had many different aspect ratios so many different plates were cut depending on the aspect ratio.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Doesn’t 70mm refer to the actual size of the film stock and not to the particular dimensions of its aspect ratio?

DavidM on February 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Bob, I remember The Fabulous Four and certainly, Airport. Airport was the first time I recall seeing the title of the movie above the marquee. It was on the building in lights, to the left of the spandrel. Was The Great Race shot in 70mm or was it a blow-up print? On every home video I’ve seen, the aspect ratio is 2:35 or 2:55 to 1.

RobertEndres on February 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

David, I’m not sure about “The Great Race”. I saw it in70mm in Illinois and it had an intermission, but the Hall didn’t install 70mm until 1970, and given their reluctance to deviate from the stanard stage show/movie policy, I doubt it.

We did do three films with intermissions when I started there in 1974. They were re-issues of what MGM called the “Fabulous Four” which included “2001”, “Dr. Zhivago” and “Gone With The Wind”. We substituted “Singing In the Rain” for “Ryan’s Daughter”. I had come from theatres in Illinois which ran shows in the roadshow format, so I recall several discussions about how to do it at the Hall. The three we did were all in 70mm and designed to lead up to the 70mm presentation of “The Wind and The Lion”. Overtures were a little tricky. We wanted to precede the first show of the day of “The Slipper & The Rose” in 1976 with the supplied overture, although there wasn’t time for it in later screenings in a day. The projection crew agreed to play the overture even though it would have meant starting before the offical shift start time, but the musician’s union wouldn’t allow it unless we did it for every show, since it would look like we were substituting “canned” music for the live organist who didn’t play before the first feature. With the roadshows, I think we did get the overtures in, and we played the entr'acte music before the 2nd half. (We were able to convince management that it was “call-in” music and the organist shouldn’t play during that break.) We also did the 50th Anniversary presentation of “Gone With The Wind” with intermision music, but lost the battle over the organist who played before the intermission music started on film.

As far as I know those were the only times during the movie/stage show policy that an intermission was done. My predecessor didn’t want 70mm in the Hall, and used the fact that most 70mm pictures at that time had intermissions and were too long for the movie/stage format. He lost the fight when the house was four-walled for “Airport” and Ross Hunter insisted on 70mm. It was short enough that it didn’t require an intermission.

rcdt55b on February 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

The curtain will be used.