This blog post was updated on September 11, 2014.

Family Travel: Radio City Music Hall, Flickr: endymion120

Rock it at Radio City!

Take your family to one of New York City’s most famous traditions: Radio City Music Hall.

Built by John D. Rockefeller against all odds in the height of the stock market crash of 1929, Radio City Music Hall stands as a beautiful reminder of the endurance and test of the American spirit.  The interior of Radio City Music Hall was designed by Donald Desky, who was made famous for integrating art, sculpture, textures, precious metals, and wood paneling into the interior design of the theatre.  It is truly gorgeous inside and out.  

Since its opening, more than 300 million visitors have strolled through the Hall, which also happens to be the largest indoor theater in the world.  You can’t miss it from the street- the marquee is the length of an entire city block.  

Throughout its history, the theater has been used for a variety of theatrical, musical, and film based performances.   

Movie buffs will love visiting Radio City Music Hall which has featured the openings of over 700 movies throughout its existence including King Kong, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mary Poppins, and The Lion King. During the golden age of film in the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, the premieres were quite literally the premiere event at Radio City Music Hall with nearly every famous movie star enjoying a show from the seats.  

Despite its numerous openings during the golden age of film, and the occasional premiere that still fills the stage, Radio City Music Hall is most known for its stage shows and live entertainment. From classic crooners Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, to greats Ray Charles and BB King, concerts at Radio City Music Hall have always been a show-stopping affair.  More recent headliners like Celine Dion, Sting, and Bette Midler have packed the house.   

A visit to Radio City Music Hall during the Christmas season is a New York City best bet.  Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Rockefeller Center starring the world famous Rockettes, has run continuously for the past 85 years.  More than one million people see this famous show each year, which still features numbers from the original show produced in 1932 including the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity.

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