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 November 23, 2018 at 12:38 am

Actually, the “dynamic architectural projection-mapped media on the ceiling of Radio City Music Hall” looked pretty good, and in a way brought the show from the stage all the way to the third mezzanine more than once during the proceedings.

However, the wretched 3-D Santa ride was abysmal, looking fake and dated, and worst of all, each section of the three-panel screen had different coloring/brightness and the seams were plainly visible. It’s time to overhaul or eliminate this particular number.

markp on November 23, 2018 at 4:38 am

I saw the show on Nov 8. Second mezzanine. I noticed the same thing about the santa ride. But I do agree having the images on the ceiling is great. But friends of mine sitting second row from the stage did not see the ceiling images without turning completely around

rcdt55b on November 23, 2018 at 7:11 am

The so called “wretched 3-D Santa ride” still gets one of the greatest responses from the audience, adults included. The film is no different than last year’s other than the Coke logo in Times Square has been changed to Pepsi. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

There are no “panels” as far as the screen goes. It’s a one piece silver screen. There are 2 vertical supports behind it. When the outside doors are open, the vacuum that’s created sucks the actual screen material back and pushes on those supports. It makes it look like 3 separate pieces, especially on bright scenes. To make things worse, the screen is not curved, which silver screens are supposed to be.

markp on November 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm

That would explain it. Exactly what it looks like, 3 separate panels.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 24, 2018 at 7:00 am

The New York Times reviewed the 2018 edition under a headline:“Amid the Visuals. Rockettes Dazzle.” Link here

moviebuff82 on December 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm

This building is featured in the ps4 spiderman video game that came out a few months ago.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 3, 2018 at 6:40 am

A controversial article about the Rockettes and the Christmas Spectacular was published in yesterday’s edition of The New York Times. Link here

markp on December 3, 2018 at 10:44 am

Well it wont be long before protesters will be out picketing. Another wholesome show gonna go down the tubes because of p.c.

markp on December 15, 2018 at 7:49 am

Christmas Spectacular has been extended till January 6th.

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