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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robboehm on February 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

First time, and, in color, the public had seen America’s most popular couple, Lucy and Desi, on the big screen. Opening day February 18, 1954. See photos.

robboehm on March 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

In this Oscar season I’ve uploaded a photo of an ad from February 18, 1948 for “A Double Life”. Ronald Coleman won best actor 1947 a month later qualifying because the film played a limited engagement in LA the previous December.

moviebuff82 on March 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm….no wonder why MSG promoted this a lot on tv…heard about it on facebook…

DavidM on March 22, 2014 at 3:53 am

Oh, well. Here’s hoping they mount the show in 2015. In the meantime, I heard a rumor about the spectacle which will replace Heart and Lights. It’s a musical update of The Exorcist. In the new version, James Dolan becomes possessed by the spirits of both Leonidoff and Russell Markert. When all attempts at a conventional exorcism fail, Father Merrin calls upon the Rockettes to kick the unwanted spirit out. The Rockettes succeed, leaving Leonidoff and Markert to ring in a new era for the Hall.

NewYorker64 on March 22, 2014 at 4:23 am

Actually, there’s some video from rehearsals that’s starting to flow out, and frankly, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have pulled the plug myself. Bad story, bad direction of the characters, cloying (i.e., repetitive without any creativity) choreography. And so many people who have worked so hard on this project – I feel for them.

It may be time for a new directorial perspective. I’m just saying…

Cimarron on March 31, 2014 at 3:29 am

Upload of 1948’s “Date With Judy” ad. Film was based on popular radio program by same name that was on air 1941-1950 and played several weeks at RCMH.

Cimarron on April 5, 2014 at 3:31 am

Upload of 1935’s ad “Peter Ibbetson”

DaveM on April 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

From the 4/2/14 NYT:

“Marc Platt, a lively and versatile dancer who had standout roles onstage and in films, including in the original 1943 Broadway production of “Oklahoma!” and as one of the virile young woodsmen seeking spouses in the 1954 film musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” died on Saturday in San Rafael, Calif. He was 100.”

“After his dancing career slowed in the 1960s, he spent eight years as the producer and director of Radio City Music Hall’s ballet troupe.”

Cimarron on April 9, 2014 at 3:44 am

Upload of 1935’s “Mister Hobo” Ad in Photo Section.

Cimarron on April 10, 2014 at 4:33 am

Upload 1936’s “Mr Deeds Goes To Town” Ad in Photo Section.

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