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Radio City Music Hall at Christmas 2005

Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation. Image File history File linksMetadata Radio_City_Hall_Xmas_05. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Radio_City_Hall_Xmas_05. ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Lower Plaza at Rockefeller Center. ...


The Music Hall opened to the public on December 27, 1932 with an spectacular stage show, featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham. The opening was meant to be a return to high class variety entertainment. Unfortunately, it was not a success and on January 11, 1933, the first film was shown on the giant screen - The Bitter Tea of General Yen starring Barbara Stanwyck. The theater is also home to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a New York Christmas tradition since 1933, and to the women's precision dance team known as The Rockettes. The theater, which is managed by Cablevision, is also used for a variety of concerts and special events. December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (362nd in leap years). ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a pre-Code 1933 film, directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck. ... The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an annual play that is held every year at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Rockettes are a well-known precision dance company, stationed out of the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City. ...


Designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the interior of the theater, by Donald Deskey, incorporates glass, aluminum, chrome, and geometric ornamentation. Deskey rejected the Rococo embellishment generally used for theaters at that time in favor of a contemporary Art Deco style. Radio City has 5,933 seats for spectators; it became the largest indoor theater in the world at the time of its opening. Edward Durrell Stone (1902 Fayetteville Arkansas - 1978 New York City), American modernist twentieth century American architect. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Asheville City Hall. ...


The Great Stage, measuring 66.5 feet (20 m) deep and 144 feet (44 m) wide, resembles a setting sun. Its system of elevators was so advanced that the U.S. Navy incorporated identical hydraulics in constructing World War II aircraft carriers. According to Radio City lore, during the war, government agents guarded the basement to assure the Navy's technological advantage. The United States Navy (also known as USN or the U.S. Navy) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


The Music Hall's Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ is the largest theater pipe organ built for a movie theater. Twin identical consoles flank both sides of the Great Stage, 144 feet apart. As it was installed in 1932, the instrument, the largest produced by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company of North Tonawanda, New York, was not built to accompany silent movies, but rather to be a concert instrument, capable of playing many styles of music, including classical organ literature. Its 4,410 pipes are installed in chambers on either side of the proscenium's arch. A restoration of the historic organ was undertaken that was completed in time for the theater's restoration in 1999. A smaller Wurlitzer organ was installed in the theater's radio studios, but was put into storage when the studio was converted into office space. This article is about the technological device. ...


The 12 acre (49,000 m²) complex in midtown Manhattan known as Rockefeller Center was developed between 1929 and 1940 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., on land leased from Columbia University. Rockefeller initially planned an opera house on the site, but changed his mind after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The names Radio City and Radio City Music Hall derive from one of the complex's first tenants The Radio Corporation of America. Radio City Music Hall was a project of Rockefeller, Samuel Roxy Rothafel who previously opened the Roxy Theater in 1927, and RCA chairman David Sarnoff. View of Midtown from Empire State Building. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... John D. Rockefeller Jr. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... The 1929 stock market crash devastated economies worldwide The Wall Street Crash refers to the stock market crash that occurred on October 29, 1929, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed, leading eventually to the Great Depression. ... RCAs logo as seen today on many products. ... Samuel Lionel Roxy Rothafel was a showman of the 1920s silent film era and the impresario for many of the great movie palaces that he managed such as the Capitol, the Strand, and his eponymous Roxy Theater in New York City (opened 1927, demolished 1961). ... Radios Sarnoff on the cover of Time in 1929 David Sarnoff (February 27, 1891–December 12, 1971) was the General Manager of Radio Corporation of America (RCA) from its founding in 1919 to his retirement in 1970. ...


For much of the theater's history, it presented both a movie and a stage show as part of the same program. By the 1970s, changes in film distribution made it difficult for Radio City to secure exclusive bookings of many films; furthermore, the theater preferred to show only G-rated movies, which became less common as the decade wore on. Regular film showings at Radio City ended in 1979, although movies have occasionally been shown there in succeeding years. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...


The Music Hall is the regular home of the Daytime Emmy Award ceremony (though the 2006 show will be held in Los Angeles) and the Tony Awards, is the frequent site of the annual MTV Video Music Awards (although the ceremony has occasionally been held since the 1990s in Los Angeles and Miami), and has often been the venue for the Grammy Awards on years when New York has won the bid to host the show, although Madison Square Garden, owned by Cablevision, hosted the Grammys in 2003 while the Staples Center in Los Angeles most recently hosted the awards in 2006. In addition, Radio City Music Hall is also the regular home of commencement ceremonies for Hunter College and Pace University's New York City campus. The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the very late 1980s and from 2000 and beyond. ... Nickname: The Magic City, Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... Cablevision Systems Corporation NYSE: CVC is a cable television company that serves parts of the Northeast of the United States, with most customers residing in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. ... See also Academic dress Categories: Education | Academia ... Hunter College of The City University of New York See also: Hunter College High School Hunter College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as simply Hunter College) is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), located on Manhattans Upper East Side. ... Pace University See also: Pace University High School Pace University is a private, co-educational and comprehensive multi-campus university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County in the U.S. State of New York. ...


Trivia

  • On April 1, 2006, Dream Theater played their 20th Anniversary concert at Radio City Music Hall, featuring an almost 30 piece orchestra. It was filmed and released as the DVD known as 'Score'.
  • On June 25, 2006, Jay-Z performed his landmark album, Reasonable Doubt in its entirety for its 10th Anniversary at Radio City Music Hall.
  • Barney Live! was the fastest sellout kids show in Radio City's history.
  • In 2002, Jeopardy! was taped at Radio City Music Hall in celebration of the 4000th episode. $1,000,000 in prizes was given away during the episodes. Jeopardy! will be once again hosted at Radio City Music Hall in the fall of 2006 to commemorate their 5000th episode. In this instance they will be taping a special edition of the game show in which celebrities compete to win money for charity.
  • In 1988, Wheel of Fortune did its first on-the-road show at Radio City Music Hall. They come back for another set of shows in 2003.
  • The Glenn Beck Program is the first radio show to base its daily broadcasts from Radio City Music Hall since Roxy left the theater in 1936.

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Radio City Music Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (871 words)
The theater is also home to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a New York Christmas tradition since 1933, and to the women's precision dance team known as The Rockettes.
Radio City has 5,933 seats for spectators; it became the largest indoor theater in the world at the time of its opening.
Radio City Music Hall was a project of Rockefeller, Samuel Roxy Rothafel who previously opened the Roxy Theater in 1927, and RCA chairman David Sarnoff.
Radio City Music Hall (770 words)
The Radio City Music Hall is located on Sixth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets, and is an integral part of the Rockefeller Plaza complex.
Over the years, Radio City became worn and ill-equipped for the quality of performance that today's audiences expect, and in the late '70s it was on the verge of demolition.
All areas of the hall were improved with this restoration, from the legendary marquee to the ceilings, thus restoring Radio City Music Hall to its former glory.
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