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Arguably metropolitan Detroit's most accomplished community theatre group, Stagecrafters operates out of the beautifully restored vintage neighborhood theatre, The Baldwin Theatre. It's located in downtown Royal Oak. On a main stage and a second stage, the group presents a variety of classic plays and musicals, with regular youth theatre performances. Organ-accompanied silent movies are also occasionally shown. It's an affordable alternative to grander theatres, and the performances are consistently good. Afterwards, you're in a great position to walk to a dining or drinking establishment on Main Street.
The preservation of this theater is one of Detroit's proudest achievements. The 5048-seat palace of the arts, arguably the most opulent in the nation when it opened in 1928, was designated a national landmark in 1989 after a USD11,000,000 refurbishment by new owner Mike Ilitch. The oldest, continually operating theater in the United States features a 10-storey marquee, a six-storey lobby with a two-ton chandelier and 300,000 glass jewels in its interior. The exotic presentation of lions, gold fixtures and jaw-dropping grandeur harkens back to the flamboyant era of movie houses. The Fox is now busy with concerts, family-oriented shows and a wide variety of other offerings. It's the anchor of the Theatre District and perhaps Detroit's greatest civic treasure.
Located on the Central Campus of Macomb County Community College, this is a first-rate community arts center, the most active in the United States. It includes an art gallery and showcases a wide range of performances, from local musicians to touring musicals to family shows to dance and comedy acts. If you find yourself in the north-eastern reaches of the Detroit area, this might be your best bet for entertainment. Each season the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts presents an eclectic line-up of nearly 100 events, with a wide range of performers from the likes of Yo-Yo Ma to Tim Conway.
Tipping Point Theatre started out as a wandering theater troupe, performing in any space that would allow it. But the players’ passion for portraying deep emotions and real human interactions quickly put them at the forefront of the Detroit theater scene as they established their own professional company. Tipping Point is all about that dramatic moment when things change drastically and their distinctive productions lead audiences on raw emotional journeys, from tears to laughter and everywhere in between.
The largest Masonic Temple in the world, this ornate building opened in 1926. For decades its 5000-seat, acoustically rich and intimate auditorium served as Detroit's choicest venue for concerts, opera and plays. The impressive building has 1037 rooms, including ten decorative period lodge rooms; a Scottish Rite Cathedral that seats around 1500 people and has rich ceiling carvings and colors, and a huge drill hall with a floating floor laid atop felt cushions. It is truly a Detroit landmark.
One of the oldest and best known comedy clubs in metropolitan Detroit, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle has spawned a number of successful comedians, most notably television's Tim Allen. The club hosts national as well as local acts, with improv and open mic each Tuesday night. A private room is available for parties and corporate functions.
The American Polish Cultural Center has space for meetings and celebrations. It also hosts Polish cultural events.
Looking to bring the allure of Las Vegas to the Motor City, the MGM Grand brings their quality gaming tables and machines to downtown Detroit. This casino doesn't hedge its bets, featuring over 4500 slot and video poker machines, 90 gaming tables, and a premier poker room to satisfy those with the Hold 'Em fever. Situated on the ground floor of the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, the casino is surrounded by great restaurants and shops to spend your winnings in. What happens in Vegas now happens in Detroit.
Have you visited a gambling palace? If not, then MotorCity Casino is the place to be. With over 68,000 square feet (6,317.406 square meters) of slot machines, video poker and gaming tables, you're sure to have a lot of fun. You can also enjoy the best buffet in town at MotorCity or try the Grand River Deli for a quick sandwich and dessert. For some home style barbecue and chicken there is MotorCity Pit stop. Great gambling and amazing food makes the perfect place to visit.
The flagship of the Andiamo family's chain of Italian restaurants throughout metropolitan Detroit, Andiamo Celebrity Showroom brings a touch of Las Vegas to Michigan. The musical and comedy acts are targeted toward an older, middle-of-the-road audience. Headliners include the likes of Brad Garrett, Martin Short and Joan Rivers. Dinner-and-show packages and season tickets are available.