Radio City Music Hall

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Radio City Music Hall, located at the Rockefeller Center, was considered at the time of its inauguration the largest theater in the world and is the most spectacular in New York. If any of your favorite singers or artists acts here do not hesitate to get some tickets, the visibility from almost any part of the stalls is perfect and you will enjoy an unforgettable atmosphere.

History of Radio City Music Hall

When the 1929 stock market crash occurred, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. decided to build a complex of buildings in New York that is now known as the Rockefeller Center.

His first idea was to build a new Metropolitan Opera House in this place, but this idea was cut short by the deficient economic situation and the promising business prospects.

The search for a business partner led Rockefeller to contact the Radio Corporation of America, a young company whose NBC radio shows were having large audiences and whose RKO studios were producing and distributing popular movies that offered fun at times difficult.

The financial power of Rockefeller and the media of the RCA joined together with the talent of businessman SL "Roxy" Rothafel, who had earned a reputation as a theatrical genius by employing an innovative combination of vaudeville, film and the decoration to revive troubled theaters across the United States. Along with Rockefeller, RCA and Roxy made a fantastic dream come true, a theater different from any other part of the world. Radio City Music Hall was going to be a palace for the people, a very beautiful place that offered high quality entertainment at prices that ordinary people could afford. It was thought not only to entertain and entertain, but also to elevate and inspire.

Main figures of Radio City

Radio City Music Hall with its almost 6.000 seats It was considered at its inauguration the largest theater in the world. Your marquee occupies a whole block of New York. The auditorium measures 48 meters back towards the stage and the ceiling reaches a height of 25 meters. The walls and ceiling are formed by a series of wide arches that define a splendid space and an immense curve. Coral stairs rise from the sides towards the back wall. In this theater there are no columns that obstruct the views, and the three shallow mezzanines, which do not hang over the Orchestra section of the bottom, result in each seat in the Radio City Music Hall being a good seat . Since its opening, more than 300 millions of people have gone to Radio City Music Hall to enjoy theater shows, films, concerts and special events.

Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall

The great stage is framed by a large proscenium arch, which measures 18 meters high and 30 meters wide. The Music Hall stage is considered by experts to be the most perfectly equipped in the world. One of the best-known currencies of the Radio City Music Hall is its large bright golden curtain of the stage, which is the largest in the world. For more than sixty-five years the audience has been thrilled to hear the sound of the organ "Mighty Wurlitzer", which was built especially for the theater. Its pipes, which vary in size from a few centimeters to 32 meters, are located in eleven separate rooms. The Music Hall contains more than 25.000 lights and has four colors of light for the stage. And what is a show without special effects? The original mechanisms, still in use today, make it possible to generate water sources and send down rain torrents. The fog and clouds are created by a mechanical system that draws water vapor directly from a nearby Con Edison generation plant.

Interior of the Radio City Music Hall
Interior of the Radio City Music Hall

Main releases at Radio City

Radio City quickly became from its inauguration in the favorite for the premieres for filmmakers and spectators alike. Just two weeks after its inauguration, the first premiere of a film, La amargura del general Yen, took place at Radio City Music Hall. From 1933 over 700 movies have been released here, some as famous as King Kong (the original), White Christmas, Breakfast with diamonds, Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck, who was usher of Radio City Music Hall, Mary Poppins , 101 Dalmatians or The Lion King.

Loreena McKennitt at Radio City Music Hall
Loreena McKennitt at Radio City Music Hall

Main artists who have acted

Radio City Music Hall is the final destination of the brightest celebrities. During the golden years of the seventh art, movie celebrities seldom missed the opportunity to make an appearance at the premiere of Radio City. It was not unusual to find figures of the likes of Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart or Cary Grant in these premieres. For decades, the most popular artists in the United States have captivated audiences here. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Bill Cosby, Liberace, Sammy Davis, Jr., Margaret Ann, Johnny Mathis, John Denver, The Count Basie Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman, Jose Carreras, Ray Charles and BB King have appeared in the great stage. Today, the Music Hall continues to attract celebrities from the world of entertainment, sports, media and national life. Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Billy Crystal, The Eurythmics, Liza Minnelli, Sting or Celine Dion are common here. In the last decade, Radio City has hosted the Grammy and Tony Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards and the ESPY Awards. It was also the setting chosen for the celebration of the 75 years of Time magazine, which included the visit of the President of the United States and a series of charity events.

How to get to Radio City Music Hall?

Located at the Rockefeller Center, the easiest way to get there is using the metro, lines B, D and F stop at Rockefeller Center / 50th Street with direct access to Radio City.

Further information

For more information about the venue, and purchase of tickets for the shows that are made in it, I recommend you visit the official website of Radio City Music Hall, in English.

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