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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rcdt55b on December 1, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Mark is correct, in general. Major is a relative word depending on who you talk to. If you’re in the show, or working on the show, then there definitely were major changes last year. The flying objects (snowflake balloons) were replaced with the disastrous mini drones. The human flying star scene was added with the drones. A lot of new digital content was changed and added. Camels were not on stage for the Nativity scene. The band car traveled across the stage during the show, like it used to years back. Also, a 2 minute countdown movie was added to the rear LED wall at the top of the show.

This year’s show left out the drones and human star scene. Camels are also back on stage in Nativity. Very slight digital content updates were also done. The last 5 minutes of the show changed slightly with added singers going down the aisles in the orchestra.

These are all major changes to a lot of people. As far as the MAIN scenes that have been in the show forever, they will never change much because they work. There will always be slight tweaks here and there but never too much. There is something new every year. It might not be big, but there are always changes.

markp on December 2, 2019 at 10:12 am

rcdt55b, I heard you met one of my projectionist partners a week or two ago at dolby. Rich. I may try to get there to see my buddy Bernie one day. I still wish someday I could get to see the Music Hall booth.

rcdt55b on December 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm

I wish I could get you up here. Security has gotten so strict here. We can’t bring anyone up to the booth anymore. I used to bring my kids in with me for the day. Not allowed anymore.

markp on December 2, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Yeah my wife has told me that too. Guess I missed the boat.

moviebuff82 on December 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm merry xmas!!!

moviebuff82 on February 9, 2020 at 9:47 am

Riverdance is coming back for its 25th anniversary at this venue from March 10-15. Tickets are on sale now.

MSC77 on March 10, 2020 at 2:43 pm

“Airport” opened its world premiere engagement here fifty years ago this month.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 22, 2020 at 11:57 am

Closed until further notice due to the worldwide health emergency. Closing also affects management’s Beacon Theatre in NYC and Chicago Theatre in Chicago. Bulletin here

Mikeoaklandpark on March 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm

They didn’t stay open after Broadway closed did they?

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