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) Additional Artists
Louis Armstrong 12/26/1941 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Louis Armstrong 12/27/1941 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Louis Armstrong 12/28/1941 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Louis Armstrong 12/29/1941 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Louis Armstrong 12/30/1941 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Louis Armstrong 12/31/1941 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Louis Armstrong 01/01/1942 Louis Armstrong
Big Sid Catlett
Luis Russell
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/02/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/03/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/04/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/05/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/06/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/07/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Andy Kirk Orchestra 01/08/1942 Andy Kirk
Ted Donnelly
Howard McGhee
June Richmond
Mary Lou Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/09/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/10/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/11/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/12/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/13/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/14/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Deep River Boys / Fess Williams 01/15/1942 Deep River Boys
Fess Williams
Maxine Sullivan 01/16/1942 Maxine Sullivan Bama State Collegians
Maxine Sullivan 01/17/1942 Maxine Sullivan Bama State Collegians
Maxine Sullivan 01/18/1942 Maxine Sullivan Bama State Collegians
Maxine Sullivan 01/19/1942 Maxine Sullivan Bama State Collegians

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