Time Essay: A Shrine of Showbigness Goes Down

The prognosis was bleak: "There is no hope for survival."

The diagnostician was authoritative: Alton G. Marshall, president of Rockefeller Center Inc. The patient was his ward: Manhattan's grand old Radio City Music Hall, which, said Marshall last week, will close for good in April.

The Music Hall is not officially a historic monument, but it surely is something of a national shrine. As soon as it opened in 1932 as Rockefeller Center's "Showplace of the Nation," the theater became proof positive for millions of Americans that there was no bigness like show bigness....

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