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Radio City Music Hall is a 12-acre entertainment facility found in Rockefeller Center. Fondly called by New Yorkers and other Americans as the Showplace of the Nation, it was once the foremost lifestyle destination in New York City.

Originally named as International Music Hall, the creation of this Art Deco style entertainment venue was spearheaded by John Rockefeller and its first tenant was the Radio Corporation of America which inspired its current name. The music hall was inaugurated to the public on December 27, 1932 with a stage show featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham planned to serve as the comeback of high-class variety shows. This format flopped among audiences. This prompted management to showcase feature films and coupled with stage shows. The reformatting was a big hit among New Yorkers and Radio City Music Hall became a preferred leisure and entertainment destination in the city. However, in the 1970s, Radio City Music Hall had a difficult time getting exclusive bookings for movies due to changes in the film distribution system. It also preferred to just showcase G-rated movies. Due to diminished popularity, closing the venue was considered but public interest prevented this to happen. Today, it still showcases films but is mostly focused on stage shows and live performances including some of the biggest music awards including the Tony Awards and The Grammys.

Radio City Music Hall?s interior feature Art Deco style which deviated from the ubiquitous rococo ornament found in movie theatres during that time. It utilizes several materials such as leather, aluminium, glass and chrome rendering texture to the entire interior. The music hall also has a grand stage that looks like a setting sun. Another work of art found in Radio City Hall is the ?Mighty Wurlitzer? pipe organ which is the largest of its kind created for a movie theatre. Its public areas also feature several works of depression era artists including the expansive mural found in its grand foyer.

Radio City Music Hall is also the setting of the quintessential New York Christmas tradition, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which started in 1933.
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