700: The number of movies that had their premiere at Radio City Music Hall. A short list includes King Kong, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lion King, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It also became home to concerts and special attractions. Some performers include Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Riverdance, and of course, the Rockettes.
Hydraulics: Something Radio City Music Hall has under the stage. Three pieces of the massive 10,000 sq.ft. stage can be moved with a push of a button by a unique elevator system. That may not sound too special, but the hydraulic system in use today was built in 1932. When architects assessed all of the changes that needed to be made during the 1999 renovation, the mechanical experts declared the hydraulics and engineering was so sound, they didn’t have to change a thing.
Seats: These had to be replaced after The Snow White and Seven Dwarfs made its run at Radio City. The seats were made of velvet, and during the film, young children were so frightened by the sequences in the movie that they wet their paints, and consequently, the seats.
Pinocchio: At the premiere of this movie, Walt Disney hired 11 little people who dressed up like the puppet and put them on top of Radio City Music Hall with a full day’s supply of food and wine. The original idea was that they would wave hello to the children entering the theater. However, by the middle of the afternoon, all 11 were both drunk and naked running around on the roof yelling obscenities at the crowds of people below. Eventually, the police had to climb ladders and collect them off the roof.
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