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Radio City Music Hall

History, Rockettes, and the Christmas Spectacular


Radio City Music Hall in New York City's Rockefeller Center
Radio City Music Hall, located in the Rockefeller Center complex, is the largest indoor theater in the world. Most famous as the home of the legendary Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall has also hosted some of the world's most legendary entertainers on its Great Stage. More than 300 million people have come to the Music Hall to enjoy stage shows, movies, concerts and special events.


Radio City Music Hall got its name because Rockefeller Center's first tenant was the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the complex was known as "Radio City" in its early years. Radio City Music Hall was designed to be a "palace for the people," offering spectacular entertainment at a price the average New Yorker could afford. The "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ, with pipes housed in eleven separate rooms, was built especially for the theatre. Original special effects mechanisms, still in use today, can produce rain, fog and clouds through a system that draws steam directly from a Con Edison generating plant nearby.

Take a Tour. Highlights of the guided tour include the Great Stage, the stage's hydraulic system, the renowned private suite with 12-foot gold leaf ceilings, and an audience with a famous Radio City Rockette.

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

Every year, more than a million visitors attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The eight-week show has been a sell-out success since its debut in 1933. The show includes favorites like"The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity."

You can order tickets online for the Christmas Spectacular and other Radio City Music Hall shows.

More About Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Rockettes: A Dance Through Time -- by James Porto. It's amazing that the Rockettes have been dancing for so long. This beautiful book covers their entire history.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Featuring The Rockettes (DVD) -- Can't get to the live show? Then watch the special 75th Anniversary DVD of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Radio City Music Hall at Night: Scenic Photographic Poster -- You an adorn your walls with this 8x10 night shot of Radio City Music Hall.

Radio City Spectacular -- This photographic history of the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has lots of pretty pictures.

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