Dec. 27: Radio City Music Hall Opened 1932

1932 Radio City Music Hall Opens in New York City

The Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City on December 27, 1932. (Henri Silberman/Getty Images)

The Radio City Music Hall opened in Manhattan as a venue for concerts, movies and stage performances.  John D. Rockefeller took a risk by investing in the entertainment complex during the Great Depression.  Rockefeller hoped that theater would attract more businesses to the surrounding area.

The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) partnered with Rockefeller on the venture.  The hall's Art Deco interior was designed by Donald Deskey.

The famous Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes, premiered in 1933.

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