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NYC: Rockefeller Center - Radio City Music Hall

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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Taken on April 28, 2003