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20 of metro Detroit's most iconic music venues

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Vanity Ballroom

  • Albert Duce for Wikimedia Commons

During the 1930s and 1940s, the Vanity Ballrooms served as a hotspot for dancing and socializing on Detroit’s east side. The ballroom featured a large maple dance floor built on springs to keep dancers light on their feet and a rotating chandelier with light reflecting mirrors — think early 20th-century disco ball. The Vanity was dressed in Art Deco design and displayed images of Mayan culture throughout the ballroom, including a mural of Chichen Itza as the backdrop of the bandstand. Back in the day, you could listen to jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Ella Fitzgerald at the Vanity and dance the night away at "Detroit's most beautiful dance rendezvous." Sadly, the club closed in 1958 and has been in disrepair since the 1980s.

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