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The Secret Art Deco Apartment Hidden Inside Radio City Music Hall

New York's Radio City Music Hall opened in 1932, and has remained one of the crown jewels of the city ever since. It was largely the work of impresario Roxy Rothafel, who had also opened the Roxy Theater not long before. Rothafel incorporated many of his grand ideas into the new showplace, including the multiple balconies, oval theater shape, and lobby murals. He pioneered the use of a live orchestra to accompany movies, and gave us the line of dancers we know as the Rockettes. For all this, he got his own apartment inside Radio City Music Hall. But Rothafel only enjoyed it a few years before he died in 1936. The apartment was locked, to become a time capsule of the period. Today it is only open for special occasions, but we can take a peek inside at Messy Nessy Chic.

(Image credit: Luke J. Spencer)


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