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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markp
markp on March 11, 2015 at 3:21 am

Went to the dress rehersal of the spring spectacular last night. It is in a word, “spectacular.” The costumes were awesome, the rain scene was incredible, and the statue of liberty, while I feel is a bit too large, was amazing as well. One downer was the video wall used for the 3D effect as well as other portions in the show, I could see some seams and some squares were brighter than others. (This coming from a former projectionist with over 37 years expeirience) And to be fair I was in the 2nd row from the stage. But otherwise, a job well done and a truely great show. Perhaps the start of a new annual tradition.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on March 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

It’s not just you Mark. We see the seams and tile color differences from the booth. The wall is crap. Always was, always will be.

markp
markp on March 12, 2015 at 6:15 am

I noticed the booth looked dark. No film on this show I guess. Im just thankful my wife got called to work the show since her Broadway show closed in January. This ol projectionist doesn’t have much to do these days. Would still love to see your magnificent booth someday. You guys keep up the good work.

HenryABax
HenryABax on March 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Are they using the Wurlitzer before and/or during the Spring Spectacular?

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on March 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Nope. In fact, they are sealed up so you can’t even tell they’re there.

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on April 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I wish they would return to the movie/show policy. for perhaps one special day or week

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on April 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

We actually did just install a brand new house picture sheet this past Monday.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

I love that term “picture sheet.” Thanks for using it…!

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on May 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Experience an evening at the Music Hall on the night of June 6, 1939. Find the following videos on Youtube: Radio City Music Hall March Loews Wonder Morton Organ. Goofy and Wilbur 1939. Tchaikovsky Symp. 6 movements 2 & 3. Corp de Ballet (1936) 1930s Rockettes at Radio City, Jan Pierce 1939 Vesti la giubba. Frank Sinatra Wishing 1939. The Sun Never Sets 1939 (1 min clip), Not all clips are from 39 and many are condensed but you’ll get a little feel of what you may have seen and heard at the Music Hall on 6/6/39.

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on May 21, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Disappointed organs weren’t used in the Spring Special. Shame!

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