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THE HISTORY OF THE
Built in 1931, SunnyBrook Ballroom is one of the few remaining large dance halls of the pre-World War II era still in existence and operation. It is the 3rd largest Ballroom in the United States and the largest East of the Mississippi. Much of the dance floor and stage is the original construction, and the floor under the stage has never been replaced.
Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the SunnyBrook Ballroom was a regular tour stop of all the era’s big bands and entertainers. Every artist to grace the SunnyBrook Ballroom stage signs the backstage wall. Throughout the ballroom's long history, just some of the names to perform there include Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra, then in later decades, Kiss, Genesis, and Frank Zappa. ♫
Our very own Aunt Carol Marra spent many nights on the SunnyBrook Ballroom dance floor back in its heyday!
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