Radio City Music Hall

1260 6th Avenue,
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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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 26, 2018 at 10:11 pm

I don’t think Tony tickets are actually offered for sale to the general public, but I could be wrong…

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 26, 2018 at 10:58 pm

When they were held in Broadway theaters no. The Music Hall is so large that yes.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

I attended the Tonys at Radio City in 2001. That was the year The Producers took home a lot of gold. We had first tier seats. The seats adjacent to ours were occupied by the proud parents of a gypsy who was making his Broadway debut in the revival of 42nd Street. I believe they had travelled from Ohio or some other midwestern state to watch him perform with the ensemble. And in the row ahead of us, I spied the actor Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Harry Potter) viewing the proceedings through a pair of Opera glasses.

vindanpar
vindanpar on May 28, 2018 at 9:23 am

Apropos CC’s posted ad.

Plaza Suite was in no way a family film. And in no way was this film going to match anywhere near the success of BITP or Odd Couple. But look at those cheap prices even for ‘71.

Rhapsody in Blue was a wonderful Music Hall spectacle staple and this was sadly the last time it was done.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm

During their first year of operation, the Music Hall and New Roxy were often advertised together for their location in Radio City, “Show Place of the Nation.” A typical ad from June, 1933, can be seen here

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

How were the Tonys?

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 1, 2018 at 3:57 am

Films like Matilda as posted by NYer were intentionally programmed along with the staggeringly bad stage shows. The people in charge wanted to make sure business was lousy so they could close the place. Absolutely no effort was any longer being made to make the Music Hall worth going to. Even the tourists were avoiding it like the plague.

Notice Leonidoff retired just when the ballet company was disbanded. Because this meant the Music Hall would no longer be able to stage any more of its spectacles and the stage would be sparsely populated. Embarrassing everybody on stage and in the audience.

kong1911
kong1911 on July 1, 2018 at 7:05 am

Did anyone read “An affectionate history of the world’s greatest theater” by Charles Fransisco Published in 1979. I found it at my local library. I found out that it had not been taken out in years so I asked if I could buy it from them. The rats kept putting me off until I found it new on amazon so I bought it new from them. It’s a very good book with lots of photos from the beginning to 1978. It also has a listing of every movie that played there and the year it was shown.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 1, 2018 at 7:36 am

Lots of mistakes in that book so don’t take it as any kind of bible.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm

Tonight’s mtv video music awards is being shown live from this venue.

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