The world’s most famous theater (and, upon its opening in December 1932, its largest as well) was the creation of the impresario S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel. In the beginning, Rothafel intended it to be a venue for live shows only, but it soon became the nation’s leading motion picture venue during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Movies that premiered here included King Kong, National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and To Kill a Mockingbird. Accompanying every movie during many of those years was the Music Hall’s most distinctive offering: a live show featuring the Music Hall’s own orchestra, chorus, ballet company and, of course, the Rockettes.
After the movie policy ended in the late 1970’s, touring performers and iconic events were added to the one element that has never changed: the annual eight-week Christmas Spectacular, a sell-out for more than 70 years straight. The enormous stage, with its elaborate system of elevators and other motion systems, has been home to Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, the Grammy and Tony Awards, and countless other events. More than 300 million people have poured through the Hall’s doors to enjoy them.
Radio City Music Hall is also a showcase for the celebrated interior design of Donald Deskey, who hired some of the finest artists and craftsmen of the day to decorate its vast lobbies and intimate lounges. Every piece of furniture, swatch of wallpaper, side table and ashtray was commissioned expressly for the Music Hall. Painstakingly restored in 1999, the Music Hall interiors are one of the world’s greatest examples of Art Deco design.
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Show hours vary Tour hours Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm