Showplace of the Nation – Radio City Music Hall.

Between 1920-1940 the Rockefeller Center was developed by American businessman, John D Rockefeller. Inside the Rockefeller Center is the iconic entertainment venue called Radio City Music Hall.

Originally it was planned as a International Music Hall but later it became famous as Radio City Music Hall due to its first tenant Radio Corporation of America.

It is developed on a 12 acre plot and its interiors were declared a city landmark in 1978. There are 5933 seats inside with a provision for additional seating whenever required, making it the largest movie theater in the world at the time of its opening. It was designed by Edward D Stone and the interior decor was created by designer Donald Deskey. A lot of the stuff inside is still the original which has been painstakingly restored.

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Grand Foyer.
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Inside the lift.
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Auditorium and stage.

It opened to public on 27Dec1932 with a lavish show but it was not a success. So it was converted to a feature film format and it first screened, Frank Capra’s film called, The Bitter Tea of General Yen. The film plus stage format continued till 1979, with four complete performances presented every day.

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Wall carpet.
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Seating inside the auditorium.
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Lights hanging from the ceiling.
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The single carpet in the auditorium.
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Original VIP chair.
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Paintings inside the auditorium.
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Rockettes girls performing for the 1st time.
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The visitors book.
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Original dresses.
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Original dresses.
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Original dresses.
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Rockettes.
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Once a live elephant was bought on stage.

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Later due to changes in film distribution it became difficult for the Hall to secure exclusive bookings of films. Its policy to screen only G rated movies added to the problem. It was therefore decided to convert it into an office space, but due to protests the idea was stalled. It underwent a renovation and opened again in 1980.

At present it is leased to and managed by The Madison Square Garden Company. Though movie premiers do take place here, like the Harry Potter series, the main focus is concerts and live shows.

It the last 30 years it has presented most of the leading pop and rock artists and live televised events such as Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, Emmy Awards and MTV Music Awards.

The beauty of this place can be better seen than described which makes this a must see attraction.

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