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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NewYorker64 on October 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Fingers crossed for this Spring!

rcdt55b on October 23, 2014 at 5:26 am

We will see. Don’t get your hopes up too much……

NewYorker64 on October 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

LOL. Well, I think an appropriate staffing change was made.

Baby boomers make up the largest segment of society with disposable income… I have faith that with some really smart marketing, the romance and excitement of Radio City can make a “Spring Spectacular” a commercial success.

rcdt55b on October 23, 2014 at 5:37 am

It was more than just an appropriate staffing change made. Many changes were made. Some of which I scratch my head at. Typical for around here. Nothing is ever set in stone. As we found out last spring.

NewYorker64 on October 23, 2014 at 5:39 am

Keep the faith, brother!

Vito on October 23, 2014 at 7:07 am

They had better have the show go on, cancelling again would be bad for the theatre’s reputation. Last year they should have at least played the preview performances as we do on B'way where shows are occasionally cancelled after previews due to patrons dissatisfaction or interest. Let the people decide

I know I ask this every year but 70mm for the 3-D Christmas show?

rcdt55b on October 23, 2014 at 7:15 am

70MM 3-D as always. Hopefully that will never change.

markp on October 23, 2014 at 7:38 am

My wife is once again a dresser on the Christmas show. I will probably be there the day of the last dress rehersals, as always. Lets hope the 70mm stays forever. I miss being a projectionist. Damn digital.

markp on October 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I hope your right Vito. I wish one day I could see the booth at RCMH, but I know its a pipe dream.

Vito on October 24, 2014 at 12:30 am

I hear you Mark, perhaps “Interstellar” will be the start of something good for film again. Many industry people are not happy with Digital and would like to see more film. As to 70mm 3-D at the Hall I expect as long as the Santa opening remains so will the 70mmm 3-D It is very difficult for the Hall to project Digital from the booth does not work well and projecting form the mezzanine as they did with movies is surly not going to happen no way they close those to the public at Christmas time.

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