Radio City Music Hall

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Radio City Music Hall information

New York City , USA
1260 Sixth Ave
at 51st St
Getting there
Subway: B/D/F/M to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center
More information
tours adult/child $26.95/19.95
Opening hours
tours 10am-5pm
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This spectacular Moderne movie palace was the brainchild of vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel 'Roxy' Rothafel. Never one for understatement, Roxy launched his venue on 23 December 1932 with an over-the-top extravaganza that included camp dance troupe the Roxyettes (mercifully renamed the Rockettes). Guided tours (75 minutes) of the sumptuous interiors include the glorious auditorium, Witold Gordon's classically inspired mural History of Cosmetics in the Women's Downstairs Lounge, and the très exclusive VIP Roxy Suite.

As far as catching a show here goes, be warned: the vibe doesn't quite match the theater's glamor these days. That said, there are often some fabulous talents in the lineup, with past performers including Rufus Wainwright, Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton. And while the word 'Rockettes' provokes eye rolling from most self-consciously cynical New Yorkers, fans of glitz and kitsch might just get a thrill from the troupe's annual Christmas Spectacular.

Same-day tickets are available at the candy store beside the Sixth Ave entrance, though it's worth considering paying the extra $5 to book your ticket online given that tours can sell out quickly, particularly on rainy days.