Vanity Ballroom

Address: 
14301 E. Jefferson Avenue
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Postal Code: 
48215
Open: 
1929-1980's
Capacity: 
2,000

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The Vanity Ballroom was designed in 1929 by Charles N. Agree as a flamboyant venue in which to socialize, dance and hear music. The ballroom was a major venue for bands of the 1930s and 1940s, such as those of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, Russ Morgan, Art Mooney, Woody Herman, and Pee Wee Hunt. The Vanity billed itself as "Detroit's most beautiful dance rendezvous."

The ballroom was closed in 1958, but reopened in 1959 until the early 1980's for one night a week only. It was eventually completely shuttered and although it played a bit part in Eminem's movie, 8 Mile, it remains closed and dilapidated.