Radio City Music Hall (Rockefeller Center)

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

1260 Sixth Avenue

ARCHITECT: Associated Architects

DATE: 1931-32

STYLE: Art Deco

Art Deco Manhattan Midtown

The Radio City Music Hall is the only surviving Art Deco theater in the country to incorporate so great a variety of architectural, artistic, and decorative features. When the Music Hall was completed in 1932 it was rapidly recognized both nationally and internationally for its artistic and technical excellence and it was considered one of the finest designs in the history of modern theater.

The artwork in the Music Hall was executed in novel materials by the leading designers, sculptors, and artists of the period. The auditorium of the Music Hall incorporates many unusual features, such as shallow balconies and side ramps. The great arched ceiling of the auditorium incorporates the complex lighting system as well as the air-conditioning and sound equipment. It is the only theater of its kind in the country, making it a principal attraction to New Yorkers and tourists.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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