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)
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/25/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/26/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/27/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/28/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/29/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/30/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/31/1942 Duke Ellington
Johnny Hodges
Betty Roché
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/01/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/02/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/03/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/04/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/05/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/06/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Lionel Hampton Orchestra 01/07/1943 Lionel Hampton
Billie Holiday
Cootie Williams 01/08/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Cootie Williams 01/09/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Cootie Williams 01/10/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Cootie Williams 01/11/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Cootie Williams 01/12/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Cootie Williams 01/13/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Cootie Williams 01/14/1943 Cootie Williams
Pearl Bailey
Charlie Barnet 01/15/1943 Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet 01/16/1943 Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet 01/17/1943 Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet 01/18/1943 Charlie Barnet

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