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Oriental Theater

2230 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Lower East Side)
(312) 977-1700
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Ranked #4 of 92 Attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Stopped in here for a movie and was blown away with how beautifully the theater has been kept up. The screen and seats have clearly been updated, but not in a way that compromises the character of the setting. They have a good selection of new movies. Definitely worth stopping by to take a look.

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Milwaukee, WI
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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I never get tired of seeing the beauty that is the interior of this historic theater. The fact that they did an amazing job of adding two smaller theaters under the balcony while preserving the grandeur of the main theater is a credit to the owners. There is nothing better than sitting in the main theater waiting for the 7... More

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My husband and I were visiting Milwaukee and stumbled upon this theater. It is 87 years old and incredibly charming. Landmark theaters are our favorites no matter what city we are in, but this was probably our favorite one. It was also great to enjoy a glass of wine during the film. We can't wait to return on our next... More

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Oriental is a delightful throwback to movie palaces of the 1920s-40s. The interior is truly a visual treat. If moviegoing for you is more than just watching a film - i.e., a complete experience to be enjoyed - going to a show here makes a trip to Milwaukee worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place! Architecture of the theater alone is worth seeing. They carefully pick the movies shown there and I can always count on the Oriental to have the movie I want to see.

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Brookfield, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Time has stood still. The Oriental allows you to step back to a time of grand theatre architecture and ambience. The bar is open for you to enjoy that G&T or that glass of wine. And for an extra special piece of history, take in the Saturday midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I will always go to the Oriental first when they are playing a movie that I want to see. The organ on Saturday nights is a plus, and the atmosphere is out of this world. Keep it up!

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