NYC: Rockefeller Center - Radio City Music Hall

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    Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Known as the Showplace of the Nation, the Music Hall opened to the public on December 27, 1932. It is now home to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a New York Christmas tradition since 1933, and to the women's precision dance team known as The Rockettes. The theater is also used for a variety of concerts and special events.

    Designed by Donald Deskey, the interior of the theater incorporates glass, aluminum, chrome, and geometric ornamentation. Deskey rejected the Rococo embellishment generally used for theaters at that time in favor of a contemporary Art Deco style. Radio City has 5,933 seats for spectators; it became the largest indoor theater in the world at the time of its opening.

    The Great Stage, measuring 66.5 feet deep and 144 feet wide, resembles a setting sun. Its system of elevators was so advanced that the U.S. Navy incorporated identical hydraulics in constructing World War II aircraft carriers. According to Radio City lore, during the war, government agents guarded the basement to assure the Navy's technological advantage. The Music Hall's Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ is the largest theater pipe organ built for a movie theater.

    In 2007, Radio City Music Hall was ranked #100 on the AIA 150 America's Favorite Architecture list.

    Radio City Music Hall National Register #78001880
    Rockefeller Center National Register #87002591

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    1. Postal9 101 months ago | reply

      I think you've got this one wrong. Radio City Music Hall has ALWAYS been Radio City Music Hall. There was a nearby theater, also in Rockefeller Center, that was called the RKO Roxy. (RCMH is, I believe, on 6th Ave., RKO Roxy, on 7th. The actual Roxy Theater , "The Cathedral of the Motion Picture," wasn't happy with the RKO Roxy's appropriation of the Roxy name (though Roxy Rothafel himself, the real Roxy's namesake and its first General Manager/Producer/Grand Poobah, was working for the RKO Roxy) sued, and forced a name change. After a brief closure, the RKO Roxy reopened about a year later as the Center Theater and operated until the early 50s, when it was demolished.

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