Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum Information

Deep Ellum is an arts and entertainment district near downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). It lies directly east of the elevated I-45/US 75 (unsigned I-345) freeway in east Dallas, connected to downtown by, from north to south, Pacific, Elm, Main, Commerce, and Canton streets. “Ellum” is a corruption of “Elm Street”.

The 1990s were a high point for Deep Ellum as Dallas’ liveliest entertainment district. By 1991, Deep Ellum had 57 bars and nightclubs. There were restaurants, tattoo parlors, other diverse retail shops, and an increasing amount of high-rent residential loft space. Notable businesses of the 1990s included Trees (Closed late 2005), 2826, Club One, Angry Dog (a restaurant, still in business), Monica’s Aca y Alla (a restaurant, still in business), Looker Hair Group (a salon), and the Galaxy Club (still in business).

One interesting story involves Russell Hobbs, the former owner of Theater Gallery and the Prophet Bar, who, in early 1988, converted to Christianity, closed his clubs, and opened The Door, a venue which remains popular with young teenagers and lesser-known touring bands.

The neighborhood has become such a popular attraction that the streets often are blocked off to traffic, especially on weekends. It has also spawned several events like the Deep Ellum Film Festival and Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The district continues to be a hotbed for Dallas area artistic fervor. Each year, Deep Ellum hosts an Arts Festival during which several city blocks are transformed into stage and studio featuring local bands, visual artists, and the famous “pet parade”./p>
Today, Deep Ellum is struggling, largely because of the economic downturn since 2001. Crime is now a growing problem, but Deep Ellum remains a major attraction for the City of Dallas, as evidenced by an increase in chain stores and restaurants.

Murals along the Good Latimer TunnelIn addition to live music, Deep Ellum is a hot-bed for graffiti. Many of the music venues use graffiti artists to advertise music shows. There are even some walls in the neighborhood where the city has allowed graffiti.

A traditional folk song, “Deep Ellum Blues”, advises visitors to “keep your money in your shoes.”