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Audubon Ballroom and Theater
The Audubon Ballroom and Theatre
b/t 137th and 138th on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
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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