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Our Riveting Guide to Radio City Music Hall

by Mommy Frog on January 30, 2024
New York City

While it may be famous for being the home of the Rockettes and its annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, there's so much more to experience at Radio City Music Hall. From concerts headlined by leading pop and rock musicians to television shows and award ceremonies (and believe it or not, sporting events), there's no place like the Great Stage to see a show. A historic venue of unmatched elegance, Radio City Music Hall remains one of the top tourist attractions in New York City. Keep reading to see how you can score awesome savings on tickets to upcoming events!

Radio City Music Hall - Sign

"New York City, Manhattan, Midtown West, Radio City Music Hall, 1932. 1260 6th ave (aka Avenue of the Americas )" by (vincent desjardins) is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Overview of Radio City Music Hall

The larger of two venues built for Rockefeller Center's "Radio City" section, Radio City Music Hall opened in December 1932. Not only was it the world's largest auditorium when it opened, but it's also a designated New York City Landmark. Although it was initially intended to host stage shows, it quickly converted into a movie palace where it hosted performances in a film-and-stage spectacle format, including many notable movie premieres. Since the late 20th century, it's primarily hosted concerts, live stage shows, televised events and even university graduation ceremonies. The theater underwent its most recent renovation in 1999 where many components were cleaned, modernized or replaced, including curtains, seats, carpets, doorknobs and light fixtures.

Location of Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall - Front of House "New York City, Manhattan, Midtown West, Radio City Music Hall, 1932. 1260 6th ave (aka Avenue of the Americas )" by (vincent desjardins) is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Radio City Music Hall is located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas (between W. 50th and W. 51st Streets) within Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Whether you’re a local or out-of-towner, getting to Radio City Music Hall is a breeze!

If you’re riding on the subway, take the 1 train to 50th St./Broadway and walk two blocks east to 6th Avenue or take the B/D/F/M trains to 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center and walk two blocks north.

Arriving by commuter train to Grand Central Terminal? Take the train one stop west to 5th Avenue-Bryant Park and transfer to the uptown trains. Coming from Penn Station? Walk one block east to 34th St. and Avenue of the Americas to access the uptown trains. Arriving from New Jersey by PATH? Take the PATH to 33rd St. in Manhattan and connect to the uptown trains.

Hotels Near Radio City Music Hall

Here are a couple of hotels near Radio City Music Hall (which you can also book through Undercover Tourist):

Parking at Radio City Music Hall

Parking is available at Radio City Music Hall through SpotHero. Search here for your upcoming event and reserve a spot in a nearby lot.

Event-goers with disabilities who possess a New York City Special Parking Permit have the option to park on streets around the venue. Make sure to pay careful attention to the rules and regulations on the back of your permit which informs you where you may and may not park.

If you have a raised-roof van, opt for an outdoor parking lot over an indoor parking lot. Confirm the parking facility's policies by contacting them directly.

For more information on parking in New York City, contact the Department of Transportation at (718) 433-3100.

Seating at Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall - Auditorium "Radio City Music Hall 3051638324 4a385c5623" by flickr4jazz is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Radio City Music Hall has around 5,960 seats. Around 3,500 of them are at the ground-level orchestra, while the remaining seats are distributed among the three mezzanine levels within the back wall of the auditorium. Each of the mezzanine levels is shallow, and all three of them are stacked on top of the rear orchestra. Accessible seats are also present at every seating level.

The best seats in the theater depend on the show you’re seeing. For most shows, the first eight to 10 rows in the center orchestra, most of the pit section and the front few rows of the first mezzanine usually offer the best views of the stage. For the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, however, we recommend skipping the first 13 rows. Note that for certain shows, the soundboard may obstruct views in the back of the Orchestra or the front rows of the second mezzanine.

Whichever performance you plan to see at Radio City Music Hall, be sure to purchase your tickets from Undercover Tourist. A trusted ticket seller for over 20 years, Undercover Tourist offers amazing deals and savings and a 100% buyer guarantee!

What to Know Before You Go

Be sure to note this important information before heading to “The Showplace of the Nation”:

  • Merchandise, food and beverages are available for purchase at your event. The venue offers cashless options for transactions, allowing you to use your credit card or mobile payment, including Google Pay and Apple Pay. Cash is also accepted at several designated locations in the theater.
  • Reverse ATMs (which convert cash into a debit card) are located throughout the venue for your convenience.
  • At most events, popcorn, hot dogs and pretzels are available for purchase, as well as beer, wine and spirits. Food and drinks are allowed in the seating area.
  • Outside food and beverages (including sealed cans and bottles) aren’t permitted in the venue. Clear, soft-plastic empty bottles are permitted and accessible water fountains are located throughout the venue.
  • If you or someone in your party have a medical condition or specific needs that require bringing in outside for or beverage, contact Guest Relations at (212) 465-6225 or [email protected] prior to your event.
  • Radio City Music Hall recommends guests arrive early and travel light. Bags don’t have to be clear, but they must fit comfortably under your seat. Oversized bags larger than 22” x 14” x 9” are prohibited.
  • The venue doesn’t provide an area to check bags, coats or any other personal belongings.

Upcoming Events

From Matt Rife and Madison Beer to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Black Crowes, here are a few of the epic concerts and shows coming up at Radio City Music Hall:

Have you ever been to Radio City Music Hall? Do you have plans to go in the future? Don't forget to purchase your tickets through Undercover Tourist for epic deals and savings!

Related: Our ~Ribbeting~ Guide to the Radio City Rockettes

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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