Date : 1932-December-27
Country : United States of America (USA)
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue and theater in New York City. Architect Edward Durell Stone and interior designer Donald Deskey designed Radio City Music Hall in the Art Deco style. A leading expert on movie palaces, Samuel Lionel Rothafel, or "Roxy", was involved as a primary advisor to the construction of this hall. This hall is also called "The Showplace of the Nation". It is the headquarters for the Rockettes, the precision dance company. Radio City Music Hall was completed as a part of the larger development of Rockefeller Center in 1932.
Radio City Music Hall was the brainchild of the billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Initially, Radio City Music Hall was built on a plot of land that was originally intended for a Metropolitan Opera House. However, plans for the opera house were canceled in 1929. Later, it opened to the public as a part of the construction of Rockefeller Center on December 27, 1932, with a lavish stage show. This hall continued to feature films and stage productions until 1979. In 1980, after a renovation, it reopened to the public.
Radio City Music Hall is one of the principal achievements of the Art Deco style and one of the finest theater designs in the country. According to that, the interior of Radio City Music Hall is of unique importance to the history of American architecture. The public areas of the music hall contain murals, sculptures, and other works by prominent artists of the time. Four-tiered auditorium of the Radio City was the world's largest when it opened. Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City Landmark in May 1978.
Category : Art