Radio City Music Hall, New York City

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Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue at 1260 Avenue of the Americas, within Rockefeller Center, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation, it is the headquarters for the Rockettes, the precision dance company. Radio City Music Hall was designed by Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey in the Art Deco style.

Radio City Music Hall was built on a plot of land that was originally intended for a Metropolitan Opera House, although plans for the opera house were canceled in 1929. It opened on December 27, 1932, as part of the construction of Rockefeller Center. The 5,960-seat Music Hall was the larger of two venues built for Rockefeller Center's "Radio City" section, the other being Center Theatre. It was largely successful until the 1970s, when declining patronage nearly drove the Music Hall to bankruptcy. Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City Landmark in May 1978, and the Music Hall was restored and allowed to remain open. The hall was extensively renovated in 1999.

One of the more notable parts of the Music Hall is its large auditorium, which was the world's largest when the Hall first opened. The Music Hall also contains a variety of art. Although Radio City Music Hall was initially intended to host stage shows, it hosted performances in a film-and-stage-spectacle format through the 1970s, and was the site of several movie premieres. It now primarily hosts concerts, including by leading pop and rock musicians, and live stage shows such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The Music Hall has also hosted televised events including the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Daytime Emmy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the NFL Draft.

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  • What can I say? You will not believe your eyes if you can get into this showplace! It is only open for special events and concerts, but when it opened in the depths of the Great Depression in 1932...  more »
  • Pretty good for photo ops. Perhaps VERY VERYYY crowded. Try your best to come at night since its the best time to come.  more »
  • Worth the $ and the wait and hassle and the cattle races...super slick and professional as you would expect.Highly recommended  more »
  • This was my first visit to this iconic venue in New York City and was not disappointed. It was fantastic. It was built and recently restored in an art deco style, which is stunning. When I was there in late November, the Christmas Show with the Rockettes was showing, but unfortunately was not able to book tickets, as I was not in town long enough. However I do the Stage Door Tour and was well worth doing. The rest rooms deserve a particular mention, as they are true art deco style. A visit here will not leave you disappointed. Well worth it. That review was back in November 2016. Now we're in 2019, I've come back to NYC for a few days and came back to Radio City Music Hall. Still as magical as ever.
  • Ahhh love it love it love it! We went for a choir walk through. They give tours but only 19 at a time just for heads up. They take you through all of the floors and areas where they record every Saturday night live showing, we saw the stand for where they enter and got to see the set up for the bands that play with every star. Going through a hallway they have pictures dating back to the first Saturday night live. We were given magnetic pins that say applause and the staff and tour guides knew our names and remembered them throughout the whole tour. They gave us a small session of making our own Saturday night live video and it was fun. There was a sound crew, camera crew, a host, a spokesperson, the band and a special guest. They made the tour fun and eventful, and they pointed out cool facts such as one of the studios (dare not say which) has the same fold up seats from the very first show. A secret also is that they have a garden gnome and every star rubs his face for good fortune and luck. We never saw it but they say he has been there since the beginning of the NBC recordings. Then they will take you down the stairs and guide you the souvenir shop where every show is separated and has their own section so if you love f.r.i.e.n.d.s or Jimmy Fallon or maybe the news, then they have something for you.
  • Awsome place. Super great place to visit. I think everybody should come and visit here at least once in there life time. We had a blast here and cant wait to come back. Thank you so much for giving us a great experience here, Thank you and we cant wait to come back. If my review helps you in any way PLEASE give me a thumbs up like on my review. Thank you.
  • Great place to enjoy some super events! Inside the music hall is stunning. I went to see the Christmas Spectacular show and it didn’t disappoint. It was a great way to build the excitement of Christmas. The lobby area can be a tad manic as everybody is heading in but that’s just a small issue. Highly recommend for shows when visiting NYC.
  • Wonderful place to visit if you have time when in New York City. Stay a while and see a show. We saw the rockets. It was awesome. We had to buy new tickets though because we missed the first show due to our plane leaving late.

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