Radio City Music Hall

1260 6th Avenue,
New York, NY 10020

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Radio City Entertainment (Official)

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Previously operated by: RKO

Architects: Donald Deskey, Edward Durell Stone

Functions: Concerts, Special Events, Stage Shows

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 212.247.4777

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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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rcdt55b
rcdt55b on December 16, 2021 at 4:35 pm

I work there. I am not giving misinformation. In fact,we just got an update from management today. It is what I posted. The Christmas Show is not cancelling shows as of right now. Of course, this may change at some point. For now, the information I gave is correct.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on December 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Also, we do NOT follow what Broadway does.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 17, 2021 at 3:44 pm

cbs news says all shows are cancelled for the rest of the season.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 18, 2021 at 11:40 am

More confirmation of the inevitable here

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on December 28, 2021 at 8:42 am

Sorry for sounding that way m00se1111. It just shows you how fast things can change. We got 3 new updates within 4 hours that day. The Friday that we shut down, there were about 1000 people in the audience for the 11AM show with people still coming in. 10 minutes before the show they cancelled it. Early that afternoon they tested the other cast and too many were infected so they had to cancel it all.

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on January 15, 2022 at 1:59 pm

rcdt55b in what capacity do you work for Radio City Music Hall?

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 16, 2022 at 8:16 am

I’m a projectionist there. I’ve been there since 2005. The department head has been there since 2000.

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on January 19, 2022 at 1:35 pm

rcdt55b Did you work there while projection systems changed from platter systems to digital, or was it the latter when you started?

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 19, 2022 at 2:44 pm

Radio City was always reel to reel. Sometimes they would bring in a platter for special screenings. When the change to digital started, our film premieres went down drastically. The last 35MM we premiered was Kevin Smith’s “Red State” in 2011. Since then, everything has been shown in digital. The only film we still run is 70MM 3D for the Christmas show.

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on February 5, 2022 at 3:40 pm

rcd55b, thank you for your response.

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