12 Facts About Radio City Music Hall

1. Radio City Music Hall was the site of the NFL Draft between 2006 and 2014.

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2. The move to have the live shows at Radio City Music Hall was because of the New York state tax credit, and the proximity of The Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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3. In February 1998, Radio City Music Hall was a setting for the Sesame Street music special Elmopalooza, with Jon Stewart, David Alan Grier and others with the cast of Sesame Street and the Muppets.

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4. Radio City Music Hall hosted the Cirque du Soleil show "Zarkana" from June 2011 to September 2012.

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5. Radio City Music Hall designed the first-mezzanine women's lounge, a room full of mirrors with a blue-and-white carpet and frosted low-intensity lights.

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6. Radio City Music Hall is located on the east side of Sixth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets.

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7. Radio City Music Hall was closed on February 16, 1999, for a comprehensive renovation.

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8. Radio City Music Hall was closed entirely for five days in early 1965 for its first-ever full cleaning, which included changing the curtains and painting the ceiling.

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9. Radio City Music Hall wished for an auditorium with an oval shape because contemporary wisdom held that oval-shaped auditoriums had better acoustic qualities.

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10. Radio City Music Hall offered to build two theaters: a large vaudeville "International Music Hall" on the northernmost block with more than 6,200 seats, and the smaller 3,500-seat "RKO Roxy" movie theater on the southernmost block.

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11. Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City Landmark in May 1978, and the Music Hall was restored and allowed to remain open.

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12. Radio City Music Hall was built on a plot of land that was originally intended for a Metropolitan Opera House.

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