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28 Amazing Old Photos From The Roseland Ballroom's 95-Year History

The New York institution closes tonight.

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On Monday, Lady Gaga will play the final show at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

Since opening in Philadelphia at the beginning of the 20th century, the Roseland Ballroom has played host to the likes of Kurt Cobain, Beyoncé, and Bill Clinton.

The club's founders moves to New York and set up shop as a "whites-only" club for "refined dancing" in 1919. According to The New York Times, black artists began performing at Roseland by 1924, but segregation among visitors lasted longer.

1. In the '20s, the Roseland was the location of a "stilt dancing marathon."

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The photo's caption reads: "The most recent innovations in marathons, stilt dancing, was held in New York City ballroom on Feb. 6th. Due to the falling of some participants the Roseland ballroom owners called a halt to this novel contest after four hours."



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