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Ken Coleman: On This Day in Detroit: Paradise Theatre opens, Duke Ellington headlines

On this day in 1941, Duke Ellington headlined the reopened Paradise Theater.

On this day in 1941, Duke Ellington headlined the reopened Paradise Theatre.

On this day in 1941, Orchestra Hall reopened as Paradise Theatre.

Tonight’s attraction: Jazz great Duke Ellington and his big band.

Ticket price: 50 cents.

The 2000-seat theatre, which opened originally in 1923, had been the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Located at Woodward Avenue at Parsons Street, it has been closed since 1939 due to financial trouble.

Its new name is inspired by the bustling commercial district to the east called Paradise Valley, where several black-owned hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs are located and where popular entertainers perform.