The Paradise Theater or Theatre was built in 1919 and was originally the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall (Orchestra Hall). It was located at Woodward and Parsons at 3711 Woodward. In 1941, the Cohen brothers, Ben and Lou, revamped it, and it became the Paradise Theater. It was known for playing the blues, swing, and jazz. It could hold 3,000 people and was a successful Black and Tan. Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington were just a few of many stars that played there. It closed in 1952.
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