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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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2019 at 7:15 pm

Rob, I think you mean unlike Wikipedia, where anyone can edit an entry…

Here, only the webmaster or the originator of the post can remove it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 18, 2019 at 9:56 am

Vindanpar: There were two brief comments posted, but neither mentioned Peter Fonda by name, so they were deleted. Strangely, I never saw your posting.

vindanpar
vindanpar on August 18, 2019 at 10:11 am

Ok. I just mentioned that the news was very sad assuming that people on CT knew that I was referring to Fonda and putting it on this page because he was due to speak here in a highly publicized event in a month. Even at 79 he seemed healthy and planning public events.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 19, 2019 at 10:31 am

Tomorrow night’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of “Easy Rider” (9/20/19) will go on as scheduled at Radio City Music Hall, but with a tribute to the life and legacy of Peter Fonda added. Update here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

Wasn’t the Roxy close enough to the Music Hall to be listed as a “nearby” theater? Certainly closer than the currently cited World and Belmont.

robboehm
robboehm on September 22, 2019 at 10:38 am

Comfortably Cool. Over the years, time and time again, I have found (and reported) that the Nearby Theater feature of CT is severely flawed.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 22, 2019 at 12:43 pm

So why hasn’t the problem been fixed by now?

vindanpar
vindanpar on September 25, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Concerning the Operation Crossbow ad Ponti must have given the Music Hall a very advantageous deal indeed. About as unlike an Easter movie as can be imagined in the 60s. And from the illustration of the stage show it looks like it might be the one included in the old souvenir program with a view of the entire interior, a spectacular stage finale at Leonidoff’s Russian gaudy best and the Rockettes in the front looking great. The swan is the tipoff.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 27, 2019 at 6:43 am

Here’s a link to The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the 50th Anniversary Tribute to “Easy Rider” at RCMH last week. View

vindanpar
vindanpar on November 14, 2019 at 8:57 am

As per CC’s The Brain ad this was the last Thanksgiving film at the Hall. The following year’s Billy Wilder disaster Sherlock Holmes which was considered the Thanksgiving film had to be pulled so Scrooge and the Nativity entered a couple of weeks early and precipitated the entire early/mid November Christmas cultural change.

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