CLICK HERE to see a photo set of the Vanity Ballroom from 2007
CLICK HERE to see a video walkthrough of Vanity in 2010
Man I wonder if the original sign exists anywhere. Great pics as usual. I was in here a few years ago and it is just an incredible place. The dance floor is amazing!
Hey PaulP – my grandfather is from Paducah, and I spent some time down there when I was a kid. Beautiful countryside there.
Grew up on Lakeview two blocks away. Iggy Stooge poured a bottle of ripple on my head in front of that stage, and I helped set up for the Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) there. It was still preserved back in the late 60′s early 70′s as was the Cinderella Theater on Jefferson btwn. Lakeview and Coplin. Living in Paducah now in a house built in 1859, of a period with many other houses here downtown. What happened to my Detroit is a travesty the likes of which I’ve seen nowhere else in this country.
Jemone – 1929, Jefferson and Newport, Charles Agree architect.
Any historical info on the ballroom? Where exactly is it located? Thanks.
Or you could look at the dETROITfUNK post from 2007 of the Vanity:
And here is a video walk through from 2010:
Compare these DetroitFunk photos to Sean Doerr’s photos in Dan Austin’s book “Lost Detroit” (History Press – 2010). More graffiti, more water damage, the roof is now open to the elements. Whoever owns the Vanity needs to throw a tarp over the roof holes to protect from further water damage.
~ thank you Lowell !
The Vanity Ballroom set was shot the same day it was posted. The date on the post is the date of the post.
Tragic and Magnificent. Great photos DetroitFunk!
exactly 9:38 a.m.
when exactly were these pics taken?
MY MOTHER MET MY DAD AT THE VANITY BALLROOM AROUND 1933
love those ornate tiles, so sad they are rotting away.
this is what happens when your culture predicts false apocalypses!