Magic Bag Theatre

22920 Woodward Avenue,
Ferndale, MI 48220

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

1938 photo added via Edward C. Ungerman‎.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 18, 2017 at 8:02 am

Only live venues listed on website. No movies scheduled.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 17, 2017 at 7:54 am

Mid `60’s photo of Woodward Avenue added. The Studio Theatre is in the center. May need to download and enlarge to see fully.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Magic Bag got a new blade sign. 11/15/15 photo added, photo credit Ryn Weaver.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

detroithistorybuff
detroithistorybuff on July 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The initial entry that says the theater switched to adult films shortly after the name change in 1961 isn’t quite right. It ran foreign and and smaller/off-beat American films for probably around 15 years as a part of the multi-theater local Studio Theater chain (most of the others had numbers.. Studio-4, etc). In addition to the long Harold & Maude run that RDToo noted, there was an equally long Producers run in the 1960s. I saw a restoration of Chaplin’s Great Dictator there in the mid-seventies. After the Studio chain closed, it changed hands and that was when the porn and legal battles began.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Cool name and bar.

RDtoo
RDtoo on February 23, 2008 at 1:18 am

I have never been to the Magic Bag, but I remember this place as the Studio North. The movie “Harold and Maude” played there for like a year and a half around 1973. I attended a showing 2 or 3 times and it had a concert like atmosphere as this was a very special film.

wheelgrabber
wheelgrabber on February 2, 2006 at 6:54 am

Does anyone have any information about the Oakdale Theatre in Hazel Park? It was a neighborhood theatre with a balcony. It has, I believe, been demolished. I have a friend who attended this theatre as a boy. He’s going blind and would love to see a photo of it before he does.