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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Catching a flick at Radio City back in the day..with 6,000 of your closest friends.

Some Big Apple trivia for you during this time of year of Cinematic Buzz and Oscar Talk:

NYC is home to the largest movie theater in the world: Radio City Music Hall. Radio City opened in Rockefeller Center almost 80 years ago in December, 1932. Originally the theater had 5,945 seats and focused solely on First Run feature film. The company that makes Junior Mints was friggin' ecstatic. Designed to showcase a mix of films and stage shows, this format kept up for for 45 years. Last first release film screened? Caravans in 1978.

The first film screened? The Bitter Tea of General Yen directed by Frank Capra. A...true...classic? Hardly. The movie was scheduled to run for two-weeks, but the theater yanked it after eight days. In recent year, the General Yen has received praise and acclaim by those who enjoy watching films that are incredibly old.

For all things Radio City, we love the history feature on the official site:

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