Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall was once one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions

Electrifying Exterior of the Radio City Music Hall
Electrifying Exterior of the Radio City Music Hall cc licensed photo by j1myi

At the time of its 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 for a fee (Free with a New York Pass) also enjoy the fascinating Stage Door of Radio City Music Hall which runs daily from 11am to 3pm.

Nearby attractions include Rockefeller Centre, Museum of Modern Art, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Free Stage Door Tour with a New York Pass.

Address: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020, USA

Phone: (212) 465-6741

Official Website: Radio City Music Hall

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
B, D, F or MRockefeller Center / 50th Street3 minutes
1, C or E50th Street5 minutes
N, Q or R49th Street6 minutes

How to get to Radio City Music Hall by Subway

Take the B, D, F, or M train to Rockefeller Center / 50th Street Station and walk north 6th Avenue or take the 1, C or E train to 50th Street and walk east on 50th to 6th Avenue or the N, Q or R train to 49th Street and head north to 50th Street go right (east) to 6th Avenue.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Radio City Music Hall Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great place to enjoy some super events! Inside the music hall is stunning. I went to see the Christmas Spectacular show and it didn’t disappoint. It was a great way to build the excitement of Christmas. The lobby area can be a tad manic as everybody is heading in but that’s just a small issue. Highly recommend for shows when visiting NYC.

adyhughes - 2 hours ago

4 Star Rating Radio City please update those speakers. If a regular movie theater can give me surround sound and immerse me in that sound you can do it too. Update those speakers and don't just have them in the front. On another note, the staff were all warm and pleasant. The red wine was surprisingly delicious (dry) but the popcorn could use butter and salt. The queen Ms Anita Baker was AMAZING! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Claudia Shepherd - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Love the Christmas Spectacular, I wish they had the snowflake balls come out this year, I brought my oldest son to see the show. It is spectacular the Rockets are so pretty and so coordinated with their dancing. They changed up the ending this year when we went, it looked like the nativity scene was partially filmed, and they pieced it together. Was hoping to see a live angel like last time come upon the scene. Overall it's still an incredible show. My third time seeing it.

Corey Limbowski - 7 days ago

3 Star Rating We went to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The show was AMAZING. We especially loved the live nativity scene. The Rockettes never disappoint. It was really a fabulous show. The facility itself needs some upkeep. While I love that they have kept the historic designs they do need some upkeep. The carpet is absolutely disgustingly dirty. The bathrooms need paint in the least. I did love that they still had the separate make up that women would have used in the 50s. We were greatly disappointed by the lack of a dress code. We went to a Saturday night performance and we saw people in their workout clothes. It was greatly disappointing to see that there is no decorum left.

Christina Greenberg - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Christmas spectacular was the best live show i have seen. The dancing was amazing and the visual effects were spectacular. The music from the live Orchestra and organs was also breathtaking. I went with my 5 year old who loved every second of it. Our seats in the first balcony had a great view of the performance but reasonably priced. Highly recommend everyone seeing a show here.

Jonathan Ellis - 1 month ago

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A lighthearted, yet very informative tour of Radio City Music Hall by Dan and Phil

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