The Paradise Theater (1941–1951): African American Movie Palaces and the 1943 Racial Uprising in Detroit | Intellect Skip to content
1981
Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2042-1869
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1877

Abstract

This article reveals how the Paradise Theater culturally and socially impacted the lives of the surrounding Black population in Detroit between 1941 and 1951. Firstly, this article examines the programming of the Paradise Theater—especially its live performers/exhibitionists—and specifically highlights the significance of the Paradise Theater’s all-Black stage show policy. Secondly, this article demonstrates how factors such as the Detroit Uprising of 1943 caused the Paradise Theater to transition from a mixed-race house to a primarily Black space. Finally, this article discusses the many philanthropic efforts of the Paradise Theater, which impacted not only Black Detroit, but the entire nation.

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