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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Known as the "Showplace of the Nation," this iconic venue hosts everything from star-studded concerts to the enchanting annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Walk the halls where legends like Frank Sinatra and Madonna have left their mark and experience the grandeur of its Art Deco design.

The Radio City Music Hall in a nutshell…

Radio City Music Hall is not just an entertainment venue; it’s a landmark of cultural significance in New York City.

Location: 1260 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, centrally located in Rockefeller Center

Transportation: Easily accessible by subway (B, D, F, M, and 1 lines), bus (M5, M6, M7), or hop-on hop-off tour buses

Tickets: Booking in advance for both tours and shows is recommended.

Visiting Hours: Vary based on show schedules and tour availability, typically open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for tours

Nestled in the vibrant heart of New York, Radio City Music Hall stands as a beacon of cultural history and entertainment excellence within the Rockefeller Center complex. Since its opening in 1932, the hall has been a stage for the spectacular, from groundbreaking music performances to high-profile award shows like the Grammys and the Tonys. Imagine standing where Frank Sinatra debuted “New York, New York,” and where icons like Prince and Madonna captivated audiences with their unforgettable performances.

Radio City Music Hall, designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and interior designer Donald Deskey, is a masterpiece of modern showbiz glamor combined with classic Art Deco style. The hall spans a city block and features over 30 meticulously curated spaces, from the lavish Grand Foyer to the plush lounges, each adorned with artworks that celebrate American creativity. In 1978, its significance was cemented when it was declared a New York City landmark, preserving its legacy as a cornerstone of American entertainment.

The grandeur of Radio City Music Hall is not just in its history but also in its design and functionality. The Great Stage, known for its incredible acoustics and expansive size, features the world’s largest golden stage curtain and an auditorium that holds more than 5,900 guests. As the largest indoor theater in the world, the venue’s majestic arch and detailed artistry make every performance a spectacle to remember. Since its last renovation in 1999, the hall has seamlessly blended historic elegance with modern technology, ensuring each visitor experiences the magic of Radio City in utmost comfort.

Practical Information

Planning your visit to Radio City Music Hall is effortless, thanks to its central location and accessibility.


Nestled at 1260 Sixth Avenue, near the bustling Rockefeller Center and the famous Top of the Rock observation deck, Radio City is not just a venue but a landmark easily spotted by its towering marquee.

How to Get There

Radio City Music Hall’s central Manhattan location makes it incredibly accessible whether you’re using public transportation or exploring the city on foot. Here’s how you can reach this iconic venue:


The subway offers a direct route to Radio City, with several stations just minutes away. For the quickest access, take the B, D, F, or M lines to 47-50 Streets Rockefeller Center Station, or the 1 train to 50th St/Broadway and enjoy a short stroll to the venue.


Several MTA buses, including the M5, M6, M7, or the M27/M50, stop near Rockefeller Center, making the bus a convenient option for reaching Radio City Music Hall.

Hop-on Hop-off Buses

For those looking to explore multiple attractions in one go, hop-on hop-off buses are an excellent choice. These buses provide a flexible way to see the city’s key sights, including Radio City Music Hall, without the hassle of navigating public transit systems.

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While driving in New York City can be challenging due to traffic and limited parking, those who choose to drive will find several parking garages in the vicinity of Radio City. However, public transportation is generally more convenient and less stressful for visiting Manhattan landmarks.

Stage Door Tour

Dive deeper into the allure of Radio City Music Hall with the exclusive Stage Door Tour. This behind-the-scenes journey offers an intimate glimpse into the stunning interiors and operational wizardry that make Radio City a world-class venue.

Tour highlights include the elegant grand foyer, the massive hydraulics system beneath the stage, and the majestic Grand Lounge. Each tour concludes with a memorable meeting with one of the famed Rockettes.

What to Expect at the Radio City Music Hall Tour

  • Admire the Grand Foyer’s 60-foot ceilings and the stunning mural by Ezra Winter.
  • Explore beneath the stage to see the hydraulics that power the moving platforms.
  • Visit the Grand Lounge, where the art deco decor sets a tone of whispered elegance.
  • See a fully functional stage model used to plan performances.
  • View historical sketches and costumes from 90 years of Rockette performances.
  • Experience the perfect acoustics from the 3rd mezzanine—there’s not a bad seat in the house.
  • Tour the costume shop and see where the Rockettes’ iconic outfits are kept.
  • Peek into the large rehearsal hall and check the height marker used for Rockette auditions.
  • Sit in the original 1932 seats at the screening room and watch a film about the venue’s history.
  • Visit the Roxy Suite, a private reception room used by celebrities and dignitaries.

Experience the Radio City Music Hall with Discount Passes

Explore the splendor of Radio City Music Hall and save with convenient discount passes that include access to the tour of this iconic venue along with other top New York City attractions. These passes not only offer significant savings but also streamline your sightseeing experience in the city.

The New York Sightseeing Pass

Maximize your New York City adventure with the New York Sightseeing Day Pass. This pass grants you access to a vast array of attractions over a set number of days, making it an ideal choice for those looking to explore extensively without the hassle of purchasing individual tickets.

GoCity Explorer Pass

Tailor your New York visit with the Go New York Explorer Pass, which allows you to choose from over 90 top attractions. This flexible pass lets you pick your preferred experiences, ensuring you see what interests you the most at a pace that suits you.

The New York Pass

Dive into the vibrant culture of New York City with the New York Pass. This pass provides entry to over 100 attractions, ranging from museums to tours and even bike rentals, offering a comprehensive way to explore the city’s rich offerings.

Concerts at Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall hosts a wide array of performances nearly every day, from legendary concerts to captivating comedy shows. Experience the grandeur of this historic venue by securing your tickets in advance, ensuring you don’t miss out on witnessing performances in a venue where entertainment history is made.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the renowned Rockettes, is a quintessential New York holiday experience. Running from mid-November to early January, this beloved show dazzles audiences with its precision dance routines and festive spirit. For the best viewing experience, it’s advisable to secure tickets well in advance, especially for optimal seating that offers the best views of the intricate performances.

Seating at Radio City Music Hall

Choosing the right seat at Radio City Music Hall can enhance your experience, whether you’re attending a concert, a comedy show, or the Christmas Spectacular.

  • Orchestra Level: Approximately 3,500 seats are on the ground level offering close-up views of the stage.
  • Mezzanine Levels: The three mezzanine levels provide excellent sightlines to the stage without the closeness of the orchestra.
  • Optimal Seating: For most shows, the best views are found in the first ten rows of the center orchestra and the front rows of the first mezzanine.
  • Christmas Spectacular Tip: For the Christmas Spectacular, avoid the first 13 rows to ensure a fuller view of the intricate choreography and stage effects.

Tips for Visiting Radio City Music Hall

Visiting Radio City Music Hall is an experience you won’t want to miss, whether you’re there for a show or just to soak in the iconic venue’s history.

  • Explore Without a Show: If you’re interested in exploring Radio City Music Hall but not attending a concert, the Stage Door Tour is highly recommended. This tour allows you to see much of the building in a short amount of time. It’s a fantastic way to learn about the hall’s rich history and stunning architecture.
  • Christmas Spectacular: Visiting New York during the holiday season? Don’t miss the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes. It’s a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and a must-see for its breathtaking choreography and festive music.
  • Radio Park: For a quiet escape, visit Radio Park located on the roof of Radio City Music Hall. This hidden gem offers a serene green space with views overlooking Rockefeller Center. Access it through 50 Rockefeller Plaza or directly through Radio City.
  • Dining and Shopping: Radio City offers a variety of merchandise, food, and beverages during events. The venue supports cashless payments via credit cards and mobile payments like Google Pay and Apple Pay, though cash is accepted at designated areas. Enjoy classic snacks like popcorn, hot dogs, and pretzels, along with a selection of beer, wine, and spirits right in the seating area.
  • Reverse ATMs: For those who prefer using cash, reverse ATMs are available throughout the venue. These machines convert cash into a prepaid debit card that can be used within the theater.
  • Bag Policy: To ensure a smooth entry, Radio City recommends that guests arrive early and travel light. While bags don’t have to be clear, they must fit comfortably under your seat. Note that oversized bags larger than 22” x 14” x 9” are not allowed, and there are no facilities to check bags, coats, or other personal belongings.


Radio City Music Hall is committed to accessibility:

  • Accessible Entrance: Located in the Box Office Lobby on Sixth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets.
  • Service Animals: Service animals are welcome in the venue. If attending with a service animal, please contact Accessibility Services in advance.
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Complimentary wheelchair escort service is available to your seating location but note that you will not be able to remain in the wheelchair during the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets can be purchased online through Northleg.

The New York Pass, GoCity Explorer Pass, and the New York Sightseeing Pass are all excellent options that include entry to Radio City Music Hall along with many other NYC attractions.

The Christmas Spectacular is extremely popular, so book tickets in advance. For optimal viewing, avoid the first 13 rows to fully appreciate the intricate choreography and stage effects.

Yes, concession stands offer snacks like popcorn, hot dogs, and pretzels, as well as a selection of beverages, including beer and wine. Food and drinks are permitted in the seating area.

Bags must fit comfortably under your seat. Oversized bags larger than 22” x 14” x 9” are prohibited, and there are no facilities to check bags or other personal items.

Staying in Midtown Manhattan near Radio City is recommended due to the central location and access to other attractions. The area offers a range of hotels from luxury to budget-friendly options.

Photography during performances is generally prohibited to prevent disruptions, but you can take photos before and after the show or during tours.

Yes, the Stage Door Tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the venue. Tours run 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and booking in advance is recommended.

For concerts, the best views are typically from the first ten rows of the center orchestra and the front few rows of the first mezzanine.

Radio City is fully accessible, with wheelchair escort services available and accessible seating throughout the venue. Contact the Accessibility Services Department in advance for any specific needs.

The closest subway stations are 47-50 Streets Rockefeller Center on the B/D/F/M lines and 50th Street on the 1 line, both within a short walking distance.

Yes, service animals are permitted inside the venue. Guests bringing service animals should contact the Accessibility Services Department to ensure appropriate accommodations.

Peak hours are typically around show times. It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes before your event or tour starts to accommodate security and seating.

Outside food and beverages are not permitted, except for clear, soft-plastic empty bottles. Radio City has multiple dining options inside, and water fountains are available.

Where to Stay Near Radio City Music Hall

Staying near Radio City Music Hall is highly recommended due to its central location in Midtown Manhattan. The area is filled with a variety of hotels ranging from luxury to budget-friendly options, ensuring you’ll find accommodation that fits your preferences and budget. Being in the heart of New York, you are also perfectly positioned to explore other major attractions easily.

Other Nearby Attractions

Radio City Music Hall’s prime location in Midtown Manhattan places it at the heart of New York City’s bustling tourist scene, surrounded by must-see attractions that are easily accessible.

Rockefeller Center

Explore the famed Rockefeller Center, a beacon of New York culture and business. Home to a remarkable collection of art deco buildings and stunning seasonal displays, including the famous Christmas tree and ice skating rink.

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Top of the Rock

Gain unrivaled views of New York City from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Located atop Rockefeller Center, this attraction offers panoramic views of the skyline, including the Empire State Building and Central Park.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Dive into the world of modern and contemporary art at MoMA, which is just a short walk from Radio City. The museum houses works by Van Gogh, Dali, and Warhol, making it a key destination for art lovers.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This neo-gothic masterpiece stands as a beacon of spiritual solace and architectural grandeur in the heart of Manhattan. Just steps away from Radio City, it offers a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle.

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Fifth Avenue Shopping

Indulge in high-end shopping along Fifth Avenue, known for its luxury boutiques and flagship stores. This world-renowned shopping street offers everything from designer apparel to exquisite jewelry.

Central Park

Escape to Central Park, a lush, green oasis amidst the city’s skyscrapers. Perfect for a stroll, boat ride, or a picnic, it’s a wonderful contrast to the urban environment of Midtown.

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Times Square

Experience the vibrant energy of Times Square, just a short walk from Radio City. Known for its bright lights and Broadway shows, it’s a hub of entertainment and excitement.

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Broadway Theaters

Catch a Broadway show in one of the many theaters around Times Square. From dramatic plays to musicals, Broadway offers world-class entertainment.

Carnegie Hall

See a live performance at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious venues for classical and popular music in the world, located just moments from Radio City.

New York Public Library

Visit the New York Public Library to see its magnificent reading rooms and rotating exhibitions. This historic institution is a cornerstone of New York cultural life.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical Information
  3. Stage Door Tour
  4. Experience the Radio City Music Hall with Discount Passes
  5. Concerts at Radio City Music Hall
  6. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes
  7. Seating at Radio City Music Hall
  8. Tips for Visiting Radio City Music Hall
  9. Accessibility
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Where to Stay Near Radio City Music Hall
  12. Other Nearby Attractions