The Prom Ballroom was a dance hall on University Avenue in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood. Glenn Miller and his Orchestra played the grand opening in 1941, to be followed by other well-known artists including Count Basie, and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
Swing, polka, jazz, and rock n' roll groups played the space, spanning such diverse musical acts from Lawrence Welk to Buddy Holly and Crickets, to The Police. The house orchestra was the Jules Herman Orchestra.
The Prom offered a 9000 square foot hard maple floor. Small booths and tables ringed the edge, where dancers could rest and order food. Although the ballroom was torn down in 1987 (a fitness center occupies the former location on University Ave) Prom Catering still operates, but out of Oakdale, Minnesota.
Date Opened: 1941
Date Closed: Sept 29, 1987
Harry Given, Promotions and Catering
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