I Braved a Walkthrough of Radio City Music Hall Meant for Tourists

Radio City Music Hall is one of those things you know exists, but because it is in midtown and a tourist magnet, you tend to avoid like the plague. I recently had some relatives visit me that requested a tour of the hall, so I brought my camera along just in case it was cool. What I found was an amazing part of New York History, right underneath my nose.

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Radio City Music Hall

Maybe this is common knowledge, but Radio City Music Hall is ENORMOUS, much larger than it appears from the 6th Avenue facade. It holds just over 6,000 people, and has a stage as large as ½ of a football field. With the multiple seating levels supported only by the back wall, there are no columns in the entire theater, leaving an awe-inspiring cavernous space.

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View From Upper Deck

Built in 1932, Radio City Music Hall is a prime example of art deco architectural style that has withstood the test of time. With tons of gold, reflective surfaces and geometric design, walking through the venue is a bit like stepping back in time. Most of the fixtures, furniture and ornamentation are original, and any replacements are exact replicas of how the theater looked 80 years ago.

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Basement Lobby

The stage itself is a work of art, with 4 original hydraulic stage elevators that are recognized as engineering landmarks. They were used as a model for the hydraulic elevators on aircraft carriers during World War II, and were closed off from the public until the end of the war to protect the secrets they contained.

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Stage Hydraulic Elevator Systems

There are original foot-operated hand dryers in the bathroom, ornate powder rooms and 1930s era furniture throughout the multiple restrooms in the building. There are massive chandeliers, decorative trimmings, plush curtains and carpet, as well as countless pieces of fine art paintings and sculptures.

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Men's Room Mural

Radio City Music Hall is even home to a private apartment, The Roxy Suite, a gift bestowed upon theater impressario Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel by the Rockefellers for his theater expertise.

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The Roxy Suite Interior

The tour lasted just an hour and a half, but it was the rare glimpse at a golden age of New York City that I won’t soon forget, even as a local.

Tickets start at just $19.95 for kids and $26.95 for adults, making a behind the scenes tour of this amazing theater a steal.

Enjoy the photo tour below!

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Original Pipe Organ

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Orchestra Level Seating

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Orchestra Seating

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Stage Left Backstage

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Stage Right Backstage

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Center Stage, Looking Left and Up

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Center Stage, Looking Right

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Center Stage, Looking Left

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Center Stage, Looking Left

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Center Stage, Looking Out

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Looking Up, Stage Left

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Modern Signage in Vintage Styling

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Art Deco Fixtures

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Stage Hydraulic Elevator Systems

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Underground Workshop

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Main Stage an Engineering Landmark

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Backstage Lockers and Hallway

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Rockefeller Plaza Subway Doors

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Art Deco Signage and Stairs

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Lower Level Lobby

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Lower Level Bar

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Diamond Art Deco Carpet Pattern

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Spirit of the Dance Sculpture

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Gentlemens Lounge Brass Plate

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Men's Room Original Fixtures

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Original Water Fountain

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Ladies Lounge and Mural

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Powder Room

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Ladies Lounge Brass Plate

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Telephone Booth Brass Plate

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Original Men's Room Fixtures

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Working Stage Model

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Working Stage Model

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Elevator Ornamentation

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Main Spiral Staircase

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Art Deco Signage

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Upper Deck Hallway

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Rockettes Costume

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Rockettes Costumes

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Rockettes Costume

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Rockettes Costume

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Rockets Rehearsal Space

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NBC Across the Street

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The Roxy Suite

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Main Staircase

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Main Lobby

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Vintage Signage

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Vintage Light Fixtures

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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