Radio City Music Hall

1260 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

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Radio City Music Hall

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One of the greatest Art Deco style structures ever built, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most well known landmarks of New York City. Opened on December 27, 1932, with a variety show, it screened its first film Barbara Stanwyck in “The Bitter Tea of General Yen” on January 11, 1933. The proscenium is 100 feet wide, the stage 66 feet deep. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ, which has twin 4 manual consoles and 58 ranks. The organ was opened by organists Dick Leibert and Dr. C.A.J. Parmentier.

Showing a mixture of movies and stage shows in the program for 45 years, the format was ended on April 25, 1979 with Kathleen Quinlan in “The Promise”. Thereafter the programming changed to concerts, stage shows and special events.

Reborn after a $70 million renovation in 1999, Radio City has been restored to all of its original opulence.

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LuisV on March 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

That is very welcome news indeed, if Radio City winds up getting some of the bigger premieres previously hosted by the Ziegfeld.

RobertEndres on March 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

Speaking of which, did anyone here see the premiere of “BvS” last night at the Hall presented in DolbyVision laser projection and Dolby “Atmos” sound? The picture was presented on a 70' screen and from a couple of local comments both it and the sound were spectacular.

babyboomerdennis1952 on March 22, 2016 at 8:13 am

my colleague working on the organ restoration back in the 90’s told me many interesting stories of Dick Leibert in past years however,I promised I’d never publish them.from what I gather,he was a really interesting was a very interesting guy.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

Ads posted for “A Chorus Line” in the Photos Section may have created a false impression that the movie actually played an engagement at the Music Hall. But this so-called “world premiere” on the night of December 9th, 1985 was actually for just one screening only as part of a fund-raising charity affair. It was on the same night as the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, so the area was already packed with sightseers by the time celebrities and VIPs started arriving at the Music Hall.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

The “A Chorus Line” ad shows the original New York engagements, but I cannot make out which theaters it was playing at…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

Loews Paramount (Columbus Circle), Loews New York Twin, and Loews 34th St. Showplace were the only city runs.

HenryABax on April 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Dick Leibert was indeed an interesting person and a very fine organist. There is a biography and a three part discography that were published in Theatre Organ a few years ago.

HenryABax on April 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Will the organ be used for the summer spectacular?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Spring question: Would you rather have roses on your piano or tulips on your organ?

rcdt55b on April 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

Not only are they not using the organs, but there will be a digital soundtrack to supplement the orchestra. Oy!!!

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