NBEA


This page is dedicated to Lon A. Gault

It is generally accepted that the end of World War I marked the upswing in ballrooms across the country. Ballrooms refer to all those establishments, whether called pavillions, parks, or just dance halls, where large crowds would gather to dance to the new music of the times. Although ballrooms have long been associated with the Big Bands, it was the Jazz Age where many of them got their start. The 30ís and 40ís were undoubtedly the highpoint of the ballroom era, and ironically, it was the end of World War II that also saw the downswing in the number of ballrooms across the United States. Many ballrooms remained quite prominent through the 50ís and into the 60ís. But, by the later 60ís, changing times began to take a heavy toll on these popular dance locales.

Ballrooms could be elegant or plain. They could be in the biggest cities or in the smallest rural area of the country. But they all shared a common denominator of music and dancing. For many decades the ballroom was the dominate place for social gatherings. These nights at the dances still provide many generations with their fondest memories.

It is the intention of this page to help preserve the memory of those ballrooms that are no longer with us.

We welcome your contribution to the list below of ballrooms that no longer exist.
We are not listing ballrooms that are currently operational on this page.
We do not guarantee that all contributions are accurate.
We also welcome any corrections, including spellings, of the listings below.
Please send your contribution to: nbea@q.com
Thank you!

Listings are by state and city.

CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSOURI
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK
OHIO
OKLAHOMA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
RHODE ISLAND
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WISCONSIN


CALIFORNIA
Balboa
Rendevous Ballroom
Culver City
Casa Manana Dance Hall
Hollywood
Sunset Ballroom
Long Beach
Crystal Palace Ballroom
Los Angeles
Palomar Night Club
Coconut Grove
Goldberg-Bosley Ballroom
Hollywood Palladium
Zenda Ballroom
Oakland
Ali Baba Ballroom
Sweet's Ballroom
Ocean Park
Casino Gardens
Pomona
Rainbow Gardens Ballroom
San Diego
Mission Beach Dance Casino
Pacific Square
Trianon Ballroom
San Francisco
Avalon
Balconades/Wolohans
El Patio
Palamara
Shalimar
The Pergola
Trianon/Primalon Ballroom
Santa Monica
Aragon Ballroom
La Monica Ballroom
Venice Beach
Aragon Ballroom

COLORADO
Denver
Elitch Gardens
Rainbow
El Patio
Trocadero Ballroom
Lakeside Amusement Park

CONNECTICUT
Bridgeport
Pleasure Beach Amusement Park
Ritz Ballroom
Ellington
Crystal Lake Ballroom

FLORIDA
Miami
Flagler Gardens Ballroom

GEORGIA
Tybee Island
Tybrisa Ballroom

IDAHO
Boise
Fiesta Ballroom
Miramar Ballroom
Trocadaro

ILLINOIS
Aurora
Blue Moon
Benld
Coliseum Ballroom
Chicago
Allegro Ballroom
Boston Club
Boulevard Ballroom
Edgewater
Embassy Ballroom
Green Mill
Holiday Ballroom
Lion's Ballroom
Majestic Ballroom
Melody Mill
Milford Ballroom
Palladium (?)
Paradise Ballroom
Pilsen Park
Savoy Ballroom
Shutter Brothers Ballroom
Trianon Ballroom
Edelstein
Hub Ballroom
Galesburg
Arcade Roof Garden
Macomb - Roof Gardens
Joliet
Dellwood Park Dance Pavilion
Pioneer Gardens
North Riverside
Melody Mill
Peoria
Ingleterra Ballroom
Westchester
Edens Ballroom

INDIANA
Bass Lake
Crystal Ballroom
Cedar Lake
Midway Ballroom
Clinton
Aragon Ballroom
Evansville
The Green Lantern
Fairview Park
Lincoln Park Dance Pavilion
Huson Lake
Blue Lantern
Michigan City
Oasis Ballroom
Whiting
Madura's Danceland

IOWA
Bancroft
Bancroft Ballroom
Carroll
Starline Ballroom
Carter Lake
Warehouse
Cedar Rapids
Danceland
Clinton
Modernistic Ballroom
German Hall
Shad Oak
Creston
Aronda
Decorah
Matter's Ballroom
Des Moines
Riviera Ballroom
Sycamore Ballroom
Tromar Ballroom
Dubuque
Melody Mill
Fort Dodge
Laramar Ballroom
Hartley
Danceland
Independence
Gala Ballroom
Janesville
Riviera Ballroom
Lake View
Swing-Lan
(at Lake Wood Amusement Park)
Marion
Armar Ballroom
Oelwein
Coliseum Ballroom
Okoboji
Arnold's Park
Praireburg
Praire Moon
Riverside
Highland Palace
Sioux City
Rigadoon
Tomba
Skylon
Golden Slipper Dance Hall
(Hwy 141 South of Sioux City)
Spencer
Woodcliff Ballroom
Spirit Lake
Roof Garden
Storm Lake
Cobblestone Ballroom
Ten Mile
Rainbow Gardens
Waterville
Rainbow Gardens

KANSAS
Croweburg
Trianon Ballroom
Topeka
Meadow Acres
Wichita
Ritz Ballroom
Trig Ballroom
Blue Moon Ballroom

KENTUCKY
Henderson
Trocadero
Louisville
Madrid Ballroom
Topeka
Meadow Acres

MAINE
Old Orchard Beach
Palace Ballroom
Pier Casino Ballroom

MARYLAND
Baltimore
Famous Ballroom
Alcazar Ballroom
Cumberland
Crystal Ballroom

MASSACHUSETTS
Agawam
(Riverside Amusement Park)
Crystal Ballroom
Auburndale
The Totem Pole
Boston
Raymor Ballroom
(Raymor-Plamor)
Roseland State Ballroom
Symphony Ballroom
Dracut
Lakeview
Hingham
Broad Cove
Holyoke
Roseland Ballroom
Mountain Park Ballroom
(at Amusement Park)
Lowell
Commadore Ballroom
Lynnfield
Kimball's Starlight Ballroom
Marshfield
Fieldston on the Atlantic
Methuen
Merrimack Amusement Park & Dance Hall
Roseland Ballroom
Nantasket Beach, Hull
Paragon Park Ballroom
Surf
Neponset
Riverview Ballroom
North Andover
Crystal Ballroom
Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove Dance Pavillion
Onset
Onset Casino
Revere
Roll Away Ballroom
Oceanview
Beachview
Red Roof
Wonderland
Salisbury Beach
Frolics Ballroom
Shrewsbury
White City Ballroom
South Dartmouth
Lincoln Park Ballroom
Springfield
Butterfly Ballroom
Taunton
Roseland Ballroom
Tyngsboro
Lake View Ballroom
Waltham
Nuttings-On-The-Charles
Wayland
Ten Acres Ballroom
Weymouth
Coral Gables
Worcester
Acadia Ballroom
Wrentham
King Phillip Ballroom

MICHIGAN
Brighton
(Island Lake)
Blue Lantern Dance Hall
Coloma
Crystal Palace Ballroom
Crystal Township
Crystal Palladium
Detroit
Aragon
Arcadia
Bob-Lo Island Pavilion
Campus
Castle
Eastwood Garden
(or Eastwood Park Dance Hall?)
Grand Terrace
Graystone Ballroom
Jefferson Beach Dance Hall
Merry Gardens Ballroom
New Danceland
Pier Ballroom
The Grande
Vanity Ballroom
Iron River
Sunset Lake Pavilion
Lupton
Graceland Ballroom
Manitov Beach
Manitov Beach Ballroom
Paw Paw
Crystal Ballroom
Saugatuck
Big Pavilion
St. Joseph
Shadowland Pavilion
Walled Lake
Walled Lake Casino

MINNESOTA
Austin
Terp
Avon
Lakeview Coliseum
Brownton
Lake Marion Ballroom
Cottage Grove
Majestic Ballroom
Delavan
Bass Lake Pavilion
East Grand Forks
The States
Ellsworth
Red Roof Ballroom
Ghent
Ted's Ballroom
Hatfield
Hollyhock Ballroom
Kasota
Crystal Ballroom
Lake Benton
Showboat Ballroom
Lake Jefferson
Hardeggers Ballroom
Lismore
The Ritz
Marshall
Blue Moon Ballroom
Minneapolis
Arcadia Ballroom
Marigold Ballroom
Montevideo
Fiesta Ballroom
Gladys Ballroom
Moundsview
Bel Rae Ballroom
Pipestone
Playmor Ballroom
Princeton
Princeton Ballroom
Renville
Palms Ballroom
Rochester
Pla Mor Ballroom
St. Paul
The Prom
Sioux Valley
Log Cabin Ballroom
Wells
Golden Bubble Ballroom
Worthington
The Coliseum

MISSOURI
Kansas City
El Torreon Ballroom
La Fiesta Ballroom
Pla Mor Ballroom
St. Joseph
Frog Hop
St. Louis
Tunetown

NEBRASKA
Arcadia
Owl's Roost
Bee
State Ballroom
Clarks
Havens
Grand Island
Glovera Ballroom
Harrington
Skylon
Hastings
Winter Garden
Lincoln
Turnpike Ballroom
Long Pine
Hidden Paradise
Norfolk
Kings Ballroom
Omaha
Dreamland Ballroom
Royal Terrace Ballroom
Peony Park
Sokol Underground
Music Box
Sargent
Oscar's Palladium
Shelby
Kings Ballroom
Sioux City
Mr. Tunes
Wahoo
Dance Island Ballroom

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Hampton Beach
Casino Ballroom
Manchester
The Arcadia
Salem
Canobie Lake Park Ballroom

NEW JERSEY
Almonesson
Sunset Beach Ballroom
Atlantic City
Million Dollar Pier
Steel Pier
Marine Ballroom
Cape May
Convention Hall Ballroom
Cedar Grove
Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook
Dover
Paradise Ballroom (?)
(at Colonial Amusement Park)
Oaklyn
Oaklyn Dancette Ballroom
Ocean City
Garden Pier Ballroom
Pennsauken
Ivystone Ballroom
Weirs Beach
Winnipesaukee Gardens
Wildwood
Starlite Ballroom

NEW YORK
Buffalo
Dellwood Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom
Johnson City
George F. Johnson Pavilion
New York
Fiesta Danceteria
Savoy Ballroom
Richfield Springs
Canadarago Park Pavillion
Stardust
Rye
Playland Casino
Sylvan Beach
Russell's Danceland
Utica
Greystone Ballroom

NEVADA
Reno
El Patio Ballroom

OHIO
Akron
Summit Beach Park Ballroom
Buckeye Lake
Pier Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom
Canton
Moonlight Ballroom
Cincinnati
Castle Farm
Moonlite Garden
Cleveland
Aragon Ballroom
Euclid Beach Ballroom
Chippewa Ballroom
Circle Ballroom
Puritas Springs Amusement Park Ballroom
Trianon Ballroom
Columbia Station
Columbia Ballroom
Freemont
Rainbow Ballroom
Geneva
Pier Ballroom
Lakewood
Homestead Ballroom
Lorain
Banater Hall
Newark (vicinity)
Buckeye Lake Ballroom
Rootstown
Maples Ballroom
Russels Pointe
Stardust Ballroom
Sandusky
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Toledo
Trianon Ballroom
Vermilion
Crystal Beach Ballroom
Xenia
Blue Moon Ballroom
Youngstown
Idora Park Ballroom

OKLAHOMA
Maud
White Way Ballroom
Muskogee
Gibson's Ballroom
Oakmulge
The Hippodrome
Shawnee
The Bluebird

OREGON
Salem
Crystal Gardens Ballroom

PENNSYLVANIA
Allentown
Castle Garden Ballroom
Carrolltown
Sunset Pavilion
Hershey
Starlight Ballroom
Mahanoy City
Danceland Westview Park
Lakewood Pavilion
Philadelphia
Brookline on the Boulevard
Chez Vous
Elite Ballroom
Garden Ballroom
Oakes Ballroom
Met Ballroom
Raburn Plaza
Trianon Ballroom
Wagner's Ballroom (est. 1893)
Pittsburgh
Aragon
Bill Green's Casino
Cottage Inn
Garden Plantation
The JitterbugSavoyThe Grotto
Syrian Mosque
Sommerton
Sommerton Springs Ballroom
Upper Darby
Chez Vous
Covered Wagon Ballroom
Willow Grove
Willow Grove Park Ballroom
York
Valencia Ballroom

RHODE ISLAND
Crescent Park, Riverside
Alhambra Ballroom
Narragansett Pier
Narraganset Pier Casino
Providence
Arcadia Ballroom
Rocky Point, Warwick Neck
Rocky Point Palladium Ballroom

TENNESSEE
Memphis
Casino Ballroom

TEXAS
Galveston
Pleasure Pier
Lake Worth
Casino Ballroom
San Antonio
Roaring 20's

UTAH
Salt Lake City
Saltaire Amusement Park
Terrace Ballroom

VIRGINIA
Richmond
Tantilla Ballroom
Virginia Beach
Casino Ballroom
(later Peppermint Beach Club)
Seaside Park Ballroom

WASHINGTON
Chimacum
Rhododendron Ballroom
Port Angeles
Clyde's Ballroom
Seattle/Tacoma
Spanish Castle
Seattle
Encore Ballroom
Parker's Ballroom
Trianon Ballroom
Spokane
Natatorium Ballroom
Tacoma
Century Ballroom

WISCONSIN
Appleton
Cinderella Ballroom
Eau Claire
Fournier's Ballroom
Lake Delaven
Dutch Mill
Lake Geneva
Riviera Ballroom
Milwaukee
Wisconsin Roof Ballroom

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