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Radio City Music Hall :: New York

August 23, 2009 by  
Category: Landmarks

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Radio City Music Hall is a delightful entertainment venue located in New York’s Rockefeller Center. With some astounding landmark interiors, Radio City Music Hall continues to be a great tourist attraction for the city. Spread out over an area of 12 acres, the edifice was designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and interior designer Donald Deskey. They have incorporated Art Deco styles in the design of this magnificent building.

Opened to public back in 1932, this place promised high-class variety entertainment with spectacular stage shows for its visitors. The place has seating capacity of 5,933 seats for spectators. One of the beauties of the place is the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ that is the largest such instrument built for any movie theatre. They flank the Great Stage on both sides and are capable of playing serious music in various styles.

A series of financial crunches and changes in film distribution Medias led to the fall of the Radio City Music Hall. It was restored once before plans were finally put in place to convert it into office space. Local activists and commercial interests however led to the reopening of the hall to the public in 1980. Now leased out to the Cablevision, it now features live stage shows, concerts, movie premiers, and features.

The major attraction at Radio City Music Hall is the Music Hall Christmas Show which has been a tradition to the city since 1933. This event showcases live spectacular shows like those by The Rockettes. Radio City Music Hall has entertained more than 300 million people and still continues to be a great and exciting venue. There are absolutely no columns to disturb your vision. The three shallow mezzanines provide comfortable seating. The Orchestra section plays below this section. What all this means that no matter where you sit at the Radio City Music Hall, each seat will give you the best and perfect view of the show.

Radio City Music Hall has entertained people for many decades now. It has seen some great performances from the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, Liberace, Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ann Margaret, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, BB King Itzhak Perlman, and Jose Carreras. They have all appeared on the Great Stage and given some wonderful memorable performances. The past decade has seen new faces like Celine Dion and the venue has also hosted many important award ceremonies like the Grammy’s, the Tony’s, the ESPY awards, and The MTV Video Music Awards.

Some of the great eating outlets near the Radio City Music Hall include Ben Benson’s, Burger Heaven, Citarella, Carmine’s, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, and Heartland Brewery. Hotels in vicinity are Flatotel, Days Inn, InterContinental, Hilton, and Sheraton.

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  1. Tasha on Fri, 28th Aug 2009 2:15 pm 

    I went to see the Music Hall Christmas Show a few years ago at the Radio City Music Hall, and it was fabulous. The music was great and as the venue has such a huge seating capacity, it felt like we were at a massive Christmas party. Having lived in London for a few years, I’ve been to quite a few musicals, but none of them compared to this.

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