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Audubon Ballroom and Theater 3940 Broadway between 165th and 166th

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The Audubon Ballroom and Theater location


Opened in 1912 by William Fox, the Audubon was responsible for bringing vaudeville and movies to Washington Heights and Inwood. It also served as a venue for jazz, as the second floor was a ballroom for special occasions and special events. It was used in the 1950s as a place to hold a variety of entertainment events such as New York’s Mardi Gras Festival (with a king and queen of Harlem every year). In attendance and performing many of the Audubon’s events were famous jazz artists: singer, Al Jolson; drummer, Arthur Zutty Singleton, and trumpeter, Henry Red Allen.
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