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, for a nominal fee you can also enjoy the fascinating Stage Door Tour 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. See the official website for daily showtimes and ticket prices.

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

Phone: (212) 465-6000

Official Website: Radio City Music Hall

Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating We saw the last Rockette’s show of the Christmas season and it was as spectacular as if it were their 1st show of the season! It has been on my bucket list since ai was a girl and it did not disappoint! Thanks for a great show!
Jenni Davies - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating One of the best shows I've ever seen. Such great talent on stage . All the singers, dancers and Santa were fabulous! The bathroom lines were quick and very efficient and very clean. The concession prices were so expensive. But that's New York for you.
Manuela Bussler-Sweeney - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Buy your tickets in advance for the Rockettes 🌟 doors open up 1hr before showtime. My party of 5 went on Christmas eve. We arrived at 3p and the show started at 4p. Took about 10 minutes waiting in line and going through security. Lines for popcorn, drinks and souvenirs weren't long. Restroom staff were organized and the lines went by quickly. Easily found our seats and enjoyed the show. ☃️
AL Perez - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We saw the Rockets with the Christmas special, just magical. They want you to put your phones away, so limited on pictures. It is like a movie theater on steroids. There is a major security check like Airports but it was fast, still plan for this. Wheelchairs should go to the main entrance only. You need tickets well ahead of time.
Robert Mclaughlin - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Must do at least once in a lifetime. Memorable experience to visit a theater like this, specially this one. Watched The Rockettes perform. They run this show each year from mid November to beginning of January. A spectacular show. Highly recommended. The ladies dance in complete coordination. Impressive how they don't miss a beat and everyone is perfectly on cue the entire 90 minutes. The decor of this theater, down to it's bathrooms take you back in time. Just beautiful. They have a huge crew of attendants guiding you in, around, and out the theater. Put it on your list of MUST DOs and visit.
Ivonne Magdaleno - 3 weeks ago

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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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