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

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 A delightful show, consistent and enjoyable over the years. Unfortunately, the concession prices leave you feeling less than festive. I highly recommend getting there early, as the process to enter and go through security is daunting. #festive

Karen Marchese - 1 day ago

3 Star Rating The Christmas spectacular is more suited for kids, but I enjoyed the teddy bear ballerina and the figure skaters. I was part of a group from the Bronx on a field trip with the participants of our program. It's sad to see the ghastly faces the people in the audience made at the mere presence of black / brown kids. As a society, I believe we need to do better than that.

Damien Torres - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating Beautiful venue to see the Christmas Spectacular show. Was here recently (Dec 2018) to see the show. Overall it was a wonderful show and the facility is top notch. My only negative is that they still haven't figured out how to organize the outside sidewalk traffic for the show. It was a literal mob of people with no organization. Once inside, everything was perfect. But beware, the outside entrances and sidewalk density is absolutely insane. If you have small kids, do not let go of them for a second.

TheBriGuy - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating This theater is world famous. Beautiful place. Seeing the Christmas spectacular here is quite a show. They way they incorporate new technology into the show is awesome. While the show is similar year after year, it's fun to see the little differences from the previous year's show. Make sure you get the balcony or preferred seating, because you miss a huge chunk of the visual props on the ceiling. Excellent place to see a performance.

Karcs B - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Christmas Spectacular was amazing. I remember seeing the show over 30 years ago and was a little nervous going in that it wouldn't live up to the memories. It did not disappoint at all. In fact it was almost as if it had matured over time as well. Just a really well done show that amazes the kids and reminds the adults that you're on Broadway. Highly recommend for kids of all ages.

Juergen S - 26 days ago

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

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