Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall was once one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions
At the time of it's opening in 1932, Radio City Music Hall was the world's largest movie theatre with seating for just over 6,000 patrons. The striking art deco interior, both grand and yet intimate at the same time, was declared a New York City landmark in 1978.
Up until 1979 Radio City Music Hall ran a program of feature films combined with a spectacular stage show. In the 1970s changes in the film industry made it difficult to obtain exclusive film bookings, eventually bringing an end to the regular film showings. The theatre was about to be converted to office space, but was saved, renovated and reopened in 1980. While still presenting some movie premiers and feature runs the main focus is now on music concerts and live stage shows including the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It has also hosted the Grammy, Tony and MTV Music awards.
The Music Hall also boasts the largest pipe organ ever built for a cinema. Made by Wurlitzer the pipe organ has 4,410 pipes. and four keyboards.
In addition to taking in a live performance, you can also enjoy a complete tour of Radio City Music Hall. Tours run daily from 11 am to 3 pm.
Cost: Varies by show. See the official website for show listings and to purchase tickets. Free Stage Door Tour with a New York Pass otherwise tour fees apply. See website for current rates.
Hours: Varies by show. See website for details. Theatre tours run daily from 11 am to 3 pm.
Website: Radio City Music Hall
Address: Rockefeller Center (6th Avenue at 50th Street)
Nearby attractions: Rockefeller Centre, Museum of Modern Art, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue