This icon of New York City was built to shortly after the stock market crash of 1929; John D. Rockefeller wanted to create a symbol of hope in what was a sad, broke city. He partnered with the Radio Corporation of America to build a grand theater. When it opened, some said Radio City Music Hall was so grand that there was no need for performances, because people would get more than their money's worth simply by sitting there and enjoying the space. Despite being the largest
indoor theater in the world with its city-block-long marquee, it feels warm and intimate. One-hour "Stage Door" walking tours run year-round, but avoid taking the tour during show times, as access is limited. Day-of tour tickets are sold at the Radio City Avenue Store; advance tickets are available by phone or through the website.
Although there are music concerts and other events here year-round, more than a million visitors every year come to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the iconic Rockettes. Make reservations as early as possible, especially if you want to attend on a day near Christmas or on weekends. The shows tend to sell out, but you can usually find tickets until mid-October. Tickets cost a hefty $35–$299 per person for the 90-minute show, although there are often promotions and deals available, especially for nonpeak times.