3. It Was Almost Made Into Office Space in the 1970s
Radio City Music Hall functioned primarily as a movie theater for much of the ’40s through the ’70s, until changing film distribution laws made it more difficult for the venue to book film openings. There was talk, during this time, of converting the entire space into offices. Naturally, there was uproar, even from within Rockefeller Center itself. A scathing monologue on Saturday Night Live’s nearby set from then-Weekend Update anchor John Belushi combined with public discontent resulted in the music hall’s preservation as a New York City landmark in 1978.