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Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center

Radio City Music Hall is home to the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10020

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The Radio City Music Hall is located on Sixth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets, and is an integral part of the Rockefeller Plaza complex.

Best Seats In The House:

Radio City Music Hall has 6200 seats. The seating sections are divided into a large orchestra with three mezzanines; the top two are really balconies. Depending on the show, different parts of the theatre are better viewing.

For example, for the Radio City Christmas spectacular, the center orchestra, about half way back is ideal as many of the Rockettes dance scenes are designed for the big theatre. The front of the mezzanine is also good a good view for this show.
Radio City Music Hall Theatre

Radio City Background:

Although Radio City Music Hall is not on Broadway, it is probably New York City's most famous theater, and it is in fact far larger than its Broadway brethren. Because of its size and prime location, Radio City covers the larger and more successful acts that can draw a big crowd to fill its cavernous auditorium. The "Showplace of the Nation," as it has often been called, has hosted a variety of entertainments including award shows, children's musicals, headlining comedians, major rock bands and musicians, and of course The Rockettes. In its long history, the great stage at Radio City Music Hall has also seen many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Tony Bennett.

Radio City Design:

Architect Edward Durrell Stone and interior designer Donald Deskey designed Radio City Music Hall in the Art Deco style. Over the years, Radio City became worn and ill-equipped for the quality of performance that today's audiences expect, and in the late '70s it was on the verge of demolition. However, that catastrophe was narrowly averted when the famed venue was granted landmark status. In 1999, architect Hugh Hardy supervised a painstaking seven-month $70 million restoration that put Radio City back on the map for New York audiences. All areas of the hall were improved with this restoration, from the legendary marquee to the ceilings, thus restoring Radio City Music Hall to its former glory.

By Subway, take the B, D, E, or F to Rockefeller Plaza / 47-50th Streets.

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The famous Samuel L. Rothafel, widely known as Roxy, opened the Radio City Music Hall on December 27, 1932. Opening night was a lavish five-hour affair that included 96 Roxyettes, four Greek dances, and the 110-voice Tuskegee choir. Rain and poor critical acclaim dampened the opening of the Music Hall. Two nights later Roxy's new moving picture house, the RKO Roxy, opened on 7th Avenue. One week later when all the numbers were in, all hell would break loose in the RKO organization. Due to poor returns they closed the RKO Roxy and turned the Radio City Music Hall into a movie theater on Jan 11, 1933. They believed that the time for the stage format show had passed and now the Depression-era public were more interested in movies. They did, however, keep the Roxyettes as a holiday “gift” to the audience before movie screenings. But to remove the connection to Samuel Rothafel, they renamed the dance troupe to the Rockettes. A world famous precision dance troupe with a rich history of skill and dedication to their craft, the Rockettes were in 1979 granted a permanent home in their very own show, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.


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Seating Map/Chart:

Theatre Seating Chart for Radio City Music Hall Theatre