Radio City Music Hall

1260 6th Avenue,
New York, NY 10020

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Radio City Music Hall

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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markp on December 15, 2018 at 10:49 am

Christmas Spectacular has been extended till January 6th.

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Comfortably Cool on March 14, 2019 at 9:22 am

Curiously, the list of “Nearby Theaters” for Radio City Music Hall doesn’t include the Roxy, which was just one block away and its largest and most serious competition.

robboehm on March 14, 2019 at 10:04 am

Cool-no curiosity. The nearby theaters is totally unreliable. I have seen occasions where it doesn’t even pick up multiple theaters in the same zip code of some remote town in the mid west.

moviebuff82 on April 7, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Rewatching captain America the first avenger and there’s a scene in which captain America does the stars and stripes musical revue at the hall.

vindanpar on April 18, 2019 at 7:14 pm

So what film did the Glory of Easter premiere with? I believe the Music Hall did a tableau of the Last Supper before Glory of Easter was first produced.

Also see in the ad for the stage show with the film Richelieu the name Aronson as in Boris. He certainly created the most astonishing designs I saw on stage in his Harold Prince productions. Sadly this theatrical genius no longer exists.

moviebuff82 on April 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm

Game of thrones had its season premiere shown on the big screen a week before it’s pay tv debut here.

vindanpar on April 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

Legend of the Vikings must have been a lot of fun. Too bad it was never done again. I would have loved to have seen it.

vindanpar on May 1, 2019 at 9:00 am

How long did Hail Hero play? The opening seems to have been Oct 23rd but The Brain was the Thanksgiving film. Until the mid 70s ‘69 seems to have been the Music Hall’s worst selection of films. One dreadful film after another. Seems like the only watchable films were Love Bug and True Grit. The American New Wave took hold and even if a few style old films were made that fit the Hall they ended up on the upper East Side playing along with Loew’s State if they would even be seen among the hoi polloi of Times Square.

The Music Hall which always had the highest grosses no matter how low was even beaten out by I am Curious Yellow during its run of Mayerling.

NYer on May 1, 2019 at 9:54 am

“Hail Hero” October 23 – November 12 1969

vindanpar on May 2, 2019 at 1:49 pm

I assume Sunflower(the poster was recently added to photos) was the only dubbed film to ever play the Music Hall. It was not mentioned in any of the ads and there were some who were justifiably upset though I’m sure that whatever audience the Music Hall still had left the majority didn’t care and certainly didn’t want to see it in Italian. I saw it the first Saturday morning and I remember it being crowded with a full orchestra. There had been a lot of publicity on its opening day because Loren made a personal appearance and I believe Variety compared the crowd to those that showed up for a Disney film at holiday time.

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