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Paradise Theatre

The Paradise Theater, originally built in 1919 as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall (Orchestra Hall), was located at Woodward and Parsons, specifically at 3711 Woodward. In 1941, the Cohen brothers, Ben and Lou, renovated it, transforming it into the Paradise Theater. Renowned for showcasing blues, swing, and jazz performances, it had a seating capacity of 3,000 and operated as a successful Black and Tan establishment. The venue hosted performances by legendary artists such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, among others. However, it closed its doors in 1952.

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