Radio City Music Hall Information and Schedule
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One of the most famous venues throughout the world, Radio City Music Hall at New York City's Rockefeller Center is both a serious tourist stop and a major performance location. Taking up a huge part of midtown Manhattan, the building opened in 1932 and has been seen as a prime example of Art Deco architecture ever since. It originally featured a stage show and soon turned into a gorgeous movie theater.
The famous RKO-Radio Studio chose this spot as its preferred location for new film releases, and so the Radio City Music Hall was always in the public eye. Over time, however, the idea of a floor show plus a movie began to decline and by the late 1970s the hall was turned into a theater-only venue and movies ceased to be played.
For a short time it was thought that the theater would close, but in 1980 it was renovated and reopened. With a seating capacity of around six thousand, it is an ideal venue for some impressive stage shows. It hosts special events, regular concert performances, and is the home of the world famous "Rockettes" who perform an annual Christmas Spectacular.
It also a major television and sports venue. The NFL Draft occurs here every year and even special sporting events take place on a frequent basis. There have been episodes of popular game shows shot on the stage as well.
The theater is also famous for its impressive art collection and its massive organ known as the Mighty Wurlitzer. It is the largest organ ever built for a movie theater and it was completely restored in 1999.
Seating at the Radio City Music Hall is divided into the premium Orchestra seats, and then the First, Second, and Third Mezzanines.
The hall is open for "Stage Door" tours on a daily basis, and there are even some "all access options" available according to the official Radio City Music Hall website.
As an iconic New York landmark, the hall is an Art Deco masterpiece. The familiar neon signs and tall building are recognized by people from all around the world. As a special events venue, it is flawless in its acoustic performance and in its general accessibility. Some argue that there are no bad seats throughout this large theater space, and if you are on a visit to New York it is totally worth checking out what is on stage at this famous spot.