Paradise Theater

Address: 
3711 Woodward Avenue
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Postal Code: 
48201
Opened: 
1941
Closed: 
1952
Capacity: 
2,286
Associated Venues: 

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The Paradise Theater was as important to Detroit as the Apollo Theatre was to Harlem. Opened Christmas Eve 1941, when new owners Ben and Lou Cohen reopened Orchestra Hall as the Paradise Theatre, the place that Detroit audiences once went to hear Prokofiev, Gershwin and Horowitz began featuring contemporary talent such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Pearl Bailey. The theater’s name was taken from Paradise Valley, the area just east of Woodward Avenue, home to a large percentage of Detroit’s African-American community and to the principal black entertainment district at St. Antoine and Adams streets. The Paradise became a celebrated club, offering the best in jazz, bebop and blues.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s)
Count Basie Orchestra 03/18/1942 Count Basie
Count Basie Orchestra 03/19/1942 Count Basie
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/20/1942 Claude Hopkins
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/21/1942 Claude Hopkins
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/22/1942 Claude Hopkins
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/23/1942 Claude Hopkins
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/24/1942 Claude Hopkins
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/25/1942 Claude Hopkins
Claude Hopkins Orchestra 03/26/1942 Claude Hopkins
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 03/27/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 03/28/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 03/29/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 03/30/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 03/31/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 04/01/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
The Mills Brothers / Jay McShann 04/02/1942 The Mills Brothers
Jay McShann
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/03/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/04/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/05/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/06/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/07/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/08/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lucky Millinder Orchestra 04/09/1942 Lucky Millinder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 10/09/1942 Jimmie Lunceford
Mabel Scott
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra 10/10/1942 Jimmie Lunceford
Mabel Scott

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