Magic Bag Theatre - Ferndale MI

Address: 22920 Woodward Ave
City: Ferndale
State: MI
Zip: 48220
County: Oakland
Open: 1921
Capacity: 300
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 8527
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General Information:

AKA: Ferndale, Studio North

Source: Cinema Treasures

Opened in 1921 as the Ferndale, this 425-seat theater was renamed the Studio North in 1961. Not long after it switched its name, it also switched to adult films. For years, its owners, the city of Ferndale and Oakland County were involved in legal battles, over charges of prostitution as well as various other charges, and in 1989, the city of Ferndale finally succeded in shutting the Studio North down. In 1991, after an extensive renovation, which also reduced the theater's seating to 300, it reopened as the Magic Bag Theatre, which features concerts as well as "brew 'n' view"-style movie screenings.

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Info Updates:
6/19/2009 - Willy Wilson
I love the website! I just wanted to update you! The Magic Bag underwent an ownership change and remodeling in 1996. It was remodeled further in 2006, expanding the lobby, the bar and the bathrooms.
2/20/2009 - Steve Bielawski
The Magic Bag is really a nightclub these days. All the theatre seats are gone, and the auditorium has been covered with plywood. It has three levels with seats and tables, each level closer to the screen being two steps down from the level behind it. There is a fourth level, where the speakers are, and one more for the stage. The stage is a square of plywood which is as wide as the screen; that makes it a good size for a concert. While there is no microbrewery, they have a lot of bottles of beer in the refrigerators, as well as a full bar. They have a waitstaff to bring you refills, even during the movie. In fact, they do not refer to a ticket charge for the Brew and View movie, but rather call it a cover charge.
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Magic Bag Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
Magic Bag Theatre - RECENT PIC
RECENT PIC
Magic Bag Theatre - LOBBY
LOBBY
Magic Bag Theatre - OLD PIC
OLD PIC
Magic Bag Theatre - 1961-07-30 AD
1961-07-30 AD
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