IMA Auditorium

815 E. Second Avenue
Postal Code: 
Photo Credit: 
By unknown (King Cigar Co.) - Postcard, Public Domain,


The six-story Industrial Mutual Auditorium was built in 1929 with money donated from factory workers’ paychecks and was converted into Auto World in the 1980's. The failed theme park was demolished on 23 Feb 1997 to make way for the expansion of the University of Michigan-Flint campus.


Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
Jan Savitt Orchestra 11/22/1941 Jan Savitt
Ella Fitzgerald 12/20/1941 Ella Fitzgerald
Louis Armstrong 01/03/1942 Louis Armstrong
Red Allen
Big Sid Catlett
Henderson Chambers
Joe Garland
Rupert Cole
Luis Russell
George Washington
Woody Herman Orchestra 01/17/1942 Woody Herman
Ted Lewis Orchestra 01/24/1942 Ted Lewis
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 09/30/1944 Jimmy Dorsey
Sonny Dunham 10/14/1944 Sonny Dunham
Bill Bardo Orchestra 11/25/1944 Bill Bardo Orchestra
Louis Jordan 12/16/1944 Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan 12/17/1944 Louis Jordan
Duke Ellington Orchestra 06/03/1945 Duke Ellington
Cat Anderson
Shorty Baker
Barney Bigard
Lawrence Brown
Harry Carney
Sonny Greer
Fred Guy
Jimmy Hamilton
Otto Hardwick
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Claude Jones
Taft Jordan
Ray Nance
Tricky Sam Nanton
Junior Raglin
Al Sears
Joya Sherrill
Rex Stewart
Billy Strayhorn
Count Basie Orchestra 07/03/1946 Count Basie
Emmett Berry
Ted Donnelly
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Freddie Green
Illinois Jacquet
J. J. Johnson
Papa Jo Jones
Ed Lewis
Preston Love
Joe Newman
Rodney Richardson
Eli Robinson
Jimmy Rushing
Rudy Rutherford
Buddy Tate
Earle Warren
Jack Washington
Snooky Young
Cootie Williams 10/05/1946 Cootie Williams
Lucky Millinder 11/09/1946 Lucky Millinder
Lucky Millinder 11/10/1946 Lucky Millinder
Illinois Jacquet / Ella Fitzgerald 01/25/1948 Ella Fitzgerald
Illinois Jacquet
Russell Jacquet
J. J. Johnson
Al Lucas
John Malachi
Joe Newman
Leo Parker
Shadow Wilson
Ray Tunia (P)
Count Basie Orchestra 10/16/1948 Count Basie
Pearl Bailey
Ted Donnelly
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Paul Gonsalves
Wardell Gray
Freddie Green
Illinois Jacquet
Ed Lewis
Jimmy Nottingham
Walter Page
Jimmy Rushing
Clark Terry
Earle Warren
Jack Washington
Dicky Wells
Gene Autry 10/14/1951 Gene Autry
John Lee Hooker 12/30/1951 John Lee Hooker
John Kirby
Spike Jones Musical Depreciation Revue of 1952 03/20/1952 Spike Jones
The Biggest Show of '52 04/27/1952 Patti Page
Illinois Jacquet
Frankie Laine
Billy May
The Biggest Show of '52 10/25/1952 Nat King Cole
Stan Kenton
Sarah Vaughan
Basie / Eckstine / Shearing 10/30/1952 Count Basie
Billy Eckstine
George Shearing
Henry Coker
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Frank Foster
Charles Fowlkes
Reunald Jones
Johnny Mandel
Joe Newman
Benny Powell
Marshal Royal
Frank Wess
Joe Williams
The Biggest Show of '53 05/03/1953 Ella Fitzgerald
Woody Herman
Louis Jordan
Frankie Laine
Ruth Brown / The Clovers / Wynonie Harris 05/22/1953 Ruth Brown
The Clovers
Wynonie Harris