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Attendees of Maple Theater's classic film series, Secret Cinema, only know one thing when they enter the 300-seat auditorium: whether that night's feature was made before or after 1967. Otherwise, every selection is kept tightly under wraps by the series curator and the elves who run the projectors. The rest of the theater's lineup, however, is no secret. Throughout the week, Maple Theater specializes in the latest releases from the world of independent cinema, and features live music every weekend.

After the show, unwind in the theater's bar and WiFi lounge, where 12 taps offer local brews amid elegant drapes and chandelier strands. The bar pairs those pours?plus wines and cocktails?with original American tapas, as well as pretzel bread, veggie spring rolls, and waffle fries. Over at the Great Lakes coffee bar, meanwhile, vintage cameras and projectors surround visitors who stop in for their morning caffeine dose.

4135 W Maple Rd
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

Always Above Average Entertainment, LLC invites ticketholders to open their minds and let loose belly laughs during a night of comedy and hypnosis from Dr. Richard Allen, C.M.H., P.h.D. As spectators sip cocktails from the Crystal Ballroom Theater's full-service bar, Richard hypnotizes eager participants into performing hilarious tricks, such as believing that they've won the lottery, imagining that their clothes have disappeared, or metamorphosing into a being of pure psychic energy. Through Dr. Allen's mastery of the power of suggestion, volunteers and audience members alike learn how to face down fears and unlock the hidden potential deep within their own brains or untapped spirit animals.

1 Lafayette Street
Pontiac,
MI
US

A movie theater, comedy club and concert venue, The Magic Bag always has something new to light up its marquee. The theatre has become a go-to for nationally touring bands?including The English Beat, symphonic pop outfit The Polyphonic Spree, and surf-rock legend Dick Dale?as well as popular tribute acts like The Mega 80s, Lez Zeppelin & Panama. Acclaimed comedians such as Gilbert Gottfried, Jeff Ross, and Brian Posehn take the stage on a regular basis at the club, and cult-favorite films are the main attraction on Brew & View nights.

22920 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale,
MI
US

Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 9 locations lighting 46 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939?a time when movies were called ?picture shows,? Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.

30170 Grand River Ave
Farmington Hills,
MI
US

Since the 1950s, the Ford Drive In has invited audiences to enjoy double features from the comfort of their own automobiles. The alfresco theater’s five screens show back-to-back screenings of first-run movies throughout the whole year, with films paired based on their rating and genre. Viewers can stay warm with the heat flowing from the outdoor car heaters, which keep them comfortable during the winter and prevent popcorn kernels from freezing to their tongues.

10400 Ford Rd
Dearborn,
MI
US

The Henry Ford Museum celebrates the people and ideas that shaped American history, from its earliest days to its present. The sprawling 12-acre museum complex covers both indoor and outdoor spaces?Henry Ford Museum and Ford Rouge Factory as well as 80-acre Greenfield Village?where visitors explore famous homes, ride in historic vehicles, and browse slices of Americana.

  • Focus: everything America, from kitchen appliances to airplanes
  • Size: a nine-acre building with 40-foot ceilings and more than a dozen massive exhibits
  • Eye Catcher: the Allegheny Locomotive?at 600 tons, this is one of the largest locomotives ever built
  • Permanent Mainstay: Driving America, where guests interact with 18 kiosks and full-size automobiles from every era
  • Don't Miss: The Kennedy Presidential Limousine?the same vehicle in which President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963
  • Nearby: the 80-acre Greenfield Village with working Model Ts and The Ford Rouge Factory where those cars once were built
20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn,
MI
US