Radio City Music Hall

1260 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

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AlAlvarez on November 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Love the Roxy book, Ross Melnick.

I didn’t know the Rockettes predated Radio City Music Hall until I read your book.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on November 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm

No problem at all, Ed! I didn’t want anyone to think that their content or photos would ever be removed by us.

Also, per the issue of off-topic comments, I rarely respond to these kinds of issues or even small disagreements on the site. But my inbox is filling up with angry comments about some of the behavior lately and it forces me to have to deal with it.

I love this site and I love all of our users but I hate the petty personal stuff. The site has been online for thirteen years and I used to be much more tolerant of disagreements, but time is a precious commodity these days and I like to spend it on the positive and not the negative.

Happy Thanksgiving and please keep it on topic, even if I just violated that policy here.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Hey Ross… I probably should have been clearer in my comments – I didn’t mean to infer that anyone at CT was removing Chuck1231’s comments and photos. I actually assumed that it was Stephen (or some other family member with the account password) who had been removing them. Just found it puzzling, since this site obviously meant something to him, that the contributions he left behind here, would be removed in the wake of his passing.

Anyway, I understand these off topic posts will be deleted – and rightfully so. Just wanted to make clear that I did not intend to suggest any favoritism. Apologies for appearances to the contrary!

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on November 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I am, however, removing off topic comments made on this page. As you know, we rarely step into these matters but it’s time to remind everyone — and I mean everyone — that off-topic comments will be removed without favoritism. Please keep this discussion related to RCMH.

As for our longtime member, Chuck Van Bibber, his presence is deeply missed and his contributions to the site are everlasting.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on November 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Just to be clear, Ed, no one at Cinema Treasures has removed a single comment or photo from Chuck’s account.

markp on November 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

Steven, its a shame some people have no respect for others. Ive always enjoyed your fathers comments and photos. My father was a long time projectionist here in New Jersey. He would have loved this site, but sadly passed away 20 years ago. I am sorry to hear of your dads passing.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Steven, I’m sorry too about your father. What was his name here?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Stevenvb… I’m very sorry to hear of your loss, and my thoughts are with you and your family. Indeed, as it has been commented elsewhere, CT will miss your father’s contributions. It’s a shame that his legacy of comments and contributed photos seem to be in the process of being systematically eradicated from CT.

Tinseltoes on November 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Here is a new link to the “Christmas Spectacular” review published yesterday. It may not work for everyone, as some NYT viewing is limited to subscribers: NYTimes

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

There was a problem with e-mail notifications for a couple of weeks, which has now been fixed.

rcdt55b on November 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

I’m not getting the emails either. I just dropped by to post a picture and saw all the responses….

The interior “proscenium” was put in 3 years ago for the content from the digital projectors. We had to re-lens the film projectors because it shrunk the image size (yes, the picture was even bigger than it is now). The video walls are what they are. They look like crap close up but it’s good enough I guess. I’m very surprised about the theater not being cleaned well from the show before. They usually are very good about that.

HenryABax on November 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I went to see the Christmas Show on Friday November 8. The good things first: 1) the show is impeccably done and is up to the usual standards, 2) the organ was used before the show and during it, 3) the new number “Snow” was quite nice, 4) the hideous speakers have been removed. Overall it was an excellent experience.

Now the bad things: 1) the theater had not been cleaned since the earlier show. There was popcorn everywhere. I complained. 2) there were hawkers selling stuffed animals and urging that customers get their photos taken with a Rockette—very tacky, 3) the organists play exactly the same thing every year. They should listen to Leibert’s Christmas albums, 4) there is an “interior” proscenium fit into the larger one that diminishes the size of the opening, 5) the video game number is horrible. Let us hope that it disappears soon.

In spite of the things I didn’t like, I’m deeply grateful that the theater still exists and is in excellent condition. It really is beautiful. I’m also grateful that the organ has not been trashed and that it is still used.

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Why am I not getting comments via e-mail

Tinseltoes on November 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

RCMH’s first CinemaScope feature was also MGM’s first in that process, “Knights of the Round Table,” which opened on January 7th, 1954. The screen measured 70' wide by 28' high, which was considerably wider than the one used for “Shane” but two feet shorter.

Tinseltoes on November 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

In the Photos Section, I’ve posted a 1953 ad for the opening day of “Shane,” which introduced RCMH’s new panoramic screen. At the end of his favorable review of the Technicolor western, NYT critic Bosley Crowther wrote: “While the new screen on which the picture is being shown at the Music Hall is wider and higher than usual, in a ratio that slightly favors the width, the difference is barely apparent, except that some scenes appear trimmed at the bottom and the top. The greater size seems quite appropriate and unexceptional in the expanse of the Music Hall.” In a news report the previous day, the NYT had described the screen as 50' wide by 30' high.

markp on November 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hello rcdt55b and vito, and others. Saw the Christmas show last night. As you all know my wife is a wardrobe dresser there. A few things. One, I came in a few minutes late and missed the trailer for the spring show. Came in on the dancing bears. My seats were 2 rows from the stage. I am assuming the scene with the bus and the video of NYC in the background was on a video wall correct? You could clearly see the seams between each panel. This bugged me because I set these up at the arena in Newark NJ and we are always careful not to let this happen. I also still cannot stand the video game part of the show. Has nothing to do with Christmas. The snowballs were cool, but I can see where if one fell to the audience, someone would be seriously hurt. Finally, the Nativity was spot on perfect as it should be.

Vito on November 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

No it doesn’t rcdt, guess we will have to see how it looks to form an opinion. I knew the use of film was to good to be true….oh well.

rcdt55b on November 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

No premieres in the near future. Vito, they may be bringing in more digital projectors for the spring show. It looks like they will not be using film now for the spring show. This is what we heard yesterday from someone. Info does not travel well to us hear so that may still change. The trailer for the spring show is 90 seconds and being shown on the 3D wall. It looks amazing on the wall…….if you like the look of content on a cinderblock wall with cold colors……..makes no sense at all.

moviebuff82 on November 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

Any more movie premieres soon?

Vito on November 5, 2013 at 4:20 am

rcdt Please tell us more about the trailer is it on film? and is that why you wrote a while back that more projectors would be used this year? Thanks

DavidM on November 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I’m going to be there this Friday morning for the first performance.

rcdt55b on November 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Didn’t see any during spring show rehearsals. “Snow” was only thing added for Christmas Show.

DavidM on November 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

rcdt, I meant for “Hearts and Lights”. And have they added a number to replace “Let Christmas Shine”?

rcdt55b on November 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Other than “snow”, which has a kick line, same show as last year

DavidM on November 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

rcdt, from what I’ve read thus far, it appears Haberman and Co. are not putting in any “kick” numbers for the 36. Is this true?