Radio City Music Hall courtesy cruiselinehistory.com.
Audience circa 1930's courtesy visualizeus.com.
Mr. Rockefeller partnered with the Radio Corporation of America back in 1932 to build a theatre. He chose Donald Deskey to design the building. Mr. Deskey focussed on an art deco design and a "Progress of Man" theme for the new theatre. It would house: eight lounges and smoking rooms, three mezzanines and a great stage. Music would be played on a "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ. Twenty five thousand lights would illuminate the theatre. The Great Stage, designed in the shape of a setting sun, would be enclosed by a shimmering gold curtain. Its marquee would stretch one full city block. It would be called Radio City Music Hall.
The theatre would be the site of over 700 film premiers including one for: King Kong, Mary Poppins and To Kill a Mockingbird. The latter starred Gregory Peck, a former usher at the Music Hall.
Gregory Peck and his wife Veronique arrive at To Kill a Mockingbird premier 1962 courtesy photobucket.com.
By the 1970's, Radio City Music Hall invited musicians and singers to perform on its giant stage including: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and The Count Basie Orchestra. The highlight of the year would continue to be the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, a tradition dating back to 1933.
The Rockettes courtesy cruiselinehistory.com.
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