Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue and theater at 1260 Avenue of the Americas, within Rockefeller Center, in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of 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
"The Showplace of the Nation"
Radio City Music Hall in 2021
Location1260 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue)
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°45′35″N 73°58′45″W
OwnerTishman Speyer Properties[1]
OperatorMadison Square Garden Entertainment
TypeConcert hall, entertainment venue
Seating typeRaked
Capacity5,960
OpenedDecember 27, 1932; 89 years ago (1932-12-27)
Radio City Music Hall
NYC Landmark No. 0995, 1446
Area2 acres (0.8 ha)
ArchitectEdward Durell Stone
Donald Deskey
Architectural styleArt Deco
Part ofRockefeller Center (ID87002591)
NRHP reference No.78001880[2]
NYCL No.0995, 1446
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 8, 1978
Designated CPDecember 23, 1987
Designated NYCLMarch 28, 1978 (interior)[3]
April 23, 1985 (exterior)

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; the "Radio City" name later came to apply only to the Music Hall. It was largely successful until the 1970s, when declining patronage nearly drove the theater to bankruptcy. Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City Landmark in May 1978, and it was restored and allowed to remain open. The theater was extensively renovated in 1999.

Radio City's four-tiered auditorium was the world's largest when it opened. The theater also contains a variety of art. Although Radio City Music Hall was initially intended to host stage shows, within a year of its opening it was converted into a movie palace, hosting 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, the NFL Draft, as well as graduation ceremonies for NYU and Barnard College.


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