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Oriental Theater

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Address: 2230 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: (312) 977-1700
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Old time movie theater elegance

Watch movies in a real movie theater environment. Watch the very late late night showings and join in the fun. The yearly Milwaukee Movie Festival began here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Watch movies in a real movie theater environment. Watch the very late late night showings and join in the fun. The yearly Milwaukee Movie Festival began here.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

This is a work of art, it brings back the old world charm of the movie theaters of yesteryear's. The interior is just magnificent, the art work was all done by hand painting and must of took hours to complete. This is a must see theater, if you are visiting the Milwaukee Eastside. Enjoy.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This and the Downer are the two "indie" theaters in which to see quality films in southeastern WI. The Oriental has the better decor of the two, but both show the good films that often have short or nonexistent runs at the mega theaters. The Oriental's been around since ca. 1908, thus the scenery and ambiance are an added bonus... More 

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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The Oriental is a huge movie palace from 1927. In the late 1980s, it was divided into three theaters. As unfortunate as that development was, it was done as tastefully as possible. The original big screen is still intact with the two new theaters in back. Much of its silent era charm and original decor is still there. There is... More 

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West Allis, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

You have not experienced Milwaukee if you have not enjoyed a movie at the Oriental. It has all the decor and feeling of an old theater along with the best popcorn. Newer seats have been added with cup holders. You can't go wrong catching a new and art film here. Only challenge is the location of the restrooms. A great... More 

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Shorewood, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Love the ambiance of the old fashioned theater. Never crazy crowded. Comfortable seats. One of 2 theaters in Milwaukee that still use real butter on their popcorn. That's important. The other is the Downer. Not that oily fake butter in other theaters. The Oriental and Downer are always my first choices.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I love seeing movies here!! The place is absolutely beautiful. Watching a movie here makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. It was built almost 90 years ago and has an East Indian theme. The seats are not as comfy, obviously, as seats in new modern theaters, but who cares! The only real downside is that there is... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Even if you do not come here to see one of the interesting independent movies offered, come to check out the building. It is beautiful, ornate, fascinating, and I wish it's walls could talk. The Saturday organ mini concert should not be missed, and the popcorn is real movie popcorn that you just cannot find much anymore. I LOVE this... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I went her for the Great Gatsby premiere dressed in period attire and had a great time. Perfect setting for any retro film. After the film we went to Victor's disco where party kept on rolling!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have been going to the Oriental for over 40 years. I love the old classic styling. The popcorn is Freshly made. You can even buy alcoholic beverages to take into the theather. Attend during the Milwaukee Film Festival for a double bonus.

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Address: 2230 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: (312) 977-1700
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side

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