Posts Tagged ‘Rainbow Room’

The Rainbow Room is now shuttered…

January 17, 2009

But old magazine ads showcasing this glitzy and glamorous Manhattan nightspot live on. This one is from the Rainbow Room’s heyday in the big-band, rhumba-loving 1940s.










Opened in 1934 (almost a year after Prohibition was repealed) on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, the art deco Rainbow Room (designed in part by Vincente Minnelli) and adjacent Rainbow Grill appear to be two of the recession’s better-known casualties. Its owners apparently owe millions in back rent, and they’re getting evicted.

Rooftop dining and dancing under the stars

July 18, 2008

It’s July. It’s hot, really hot. Where did sophisticated New Yorkers go to relax, cool down, and take in a big band orchestra or tango? Perhaps one of these rooftop restaurants, as featured in the July 4, 1936 New Yorker.

Luncheon for 75 cents? Sweet!


Wayne King must have been a big name at the time. They include his handsome mug in the ad too.

The Rainbow Room had a regular 3 a.m. show? The city really knew how to party. I wonder what “kaleidoscope dance moods” and “character delineations” meant.