Located at Broad and Bainbridge Streets, the Strand Ballroom was managed by legendary dance promoter Reese DuPree in the 1930s and ‘40s.
In 1938, Bill Doggett and his orchestra played here every Tuesday to Saturday.
Opened in 1919. the Philadelphia Tribune described the Palais Royal as “the finest colored ball room in America.”
On May 4, 1937, the Chick Webb Orchestra, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, played a dance here.
In the 1940s, the Palais Royal was the home of the Elate Ballroom, the Elate Club and the Sydney King School of Dance.