Although nickelodeons were his stock and trade, Detroit entrepreneur John H. Kunsky wanted to develop something bigger—not just a quarterlodeon or a movie theater, but a movie palace. After achieving that goal with The Columbia—the second largest movie house at the time—he set his sights on the suburbs with the Royal Oak Music Theatre, which opened in 1928. Originally a home to moving pictures and vaudeville acts, the theater changed with cultural tides and took a hiatus during the dawn of the multiplex. But in 1978, it sprang back to life as a comedy and live music venue, welcoming acts such as young Steve Martin and a then unknown Hall and Oates. Today, the towering Fourth Street fixture also plays host to traveling Broadway shows, musicals, and dance recitals for up to 1,700 audience members at a time.
With a stage sturdy enough to bear the weight of standup comedy giants such as Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle continues to cultivate talent to fill up its schedule. In the same way that it has operated since 1979, the venue employs a three-tier format for its shows: an emcee, a local up-and-coming act and a nationally recognized comic. This approach exposes audiences to new voices while entertaining them with the promise of a recognized talent at evening’s end.
If you have a hankering for something extra tasty, sample the menu at Royal Oak's Five 15 Media Mojo and More.
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Open air seating is ready for diners at Five 15 Media Mojo and More when the weather is warm.
Those in a rush are better off dining here during the week, as the restaurant draws a crowd during the weekend.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
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.
Your next meal awaits at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Go Comedy! Improv Theater for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Commute by bike to Go Comedy! Improv Theater and find easy bike parking.
The production calendar for Hazel Park's Phoenix Cafe offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
It's certainly time you stopped reading about this club with its amazing restaurant and finally came in for a bite.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.