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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 90 Attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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Brookfield, WI
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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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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Milwaukee, WI
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This theater is so chic inside, you,have to see a movie here if you are living in or visiting milwaukee. Vintage at its finest. Its awesome.

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Shorewood, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Perfect place to step into the past and feel a bit of Milwaukee history. They show worthwhile movies and you can even enjoy a glass of wine.

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Milwaukee
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I hadn't been to the Oriental in probably decades. I recently went to a locally made documentary being shown at the Oriental and I was wowed all over again! they don't make theatres like this anymore. The detail is just breathtaking and this is truly one of Milwaukee's gems!

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a vintage Art Deco theater that specializes in indie movies. There is delicious crispy popcorn here, and the snack selection is eclectic. The largest theater is something to behold and will keep newcomers occupied before the movies start.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We loved our trip to the Oriental last night! At nearly 90 years old, this cinema has charm and character in abundance. You could spend the length of an entire movie just exploring its nooks and crannies, from the Buddha sculptures to the movie posters, original chandeliers...you name it! What's on is slightly more than your standard big-budget fare. It's... More

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Brown Deer, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Oriental Theater isn't known by all in Milwaukee but it's one of the coolest little chic places around. Not only does it have movies, but it is also a great place that hosts speakers and lectures.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

For anyone who appreciates the vintage theater experience, The Oriental is worth a visit. Try to catch a movie in the "main room" -- the center theater (it's a Triplex now) -- so you can watch a movie while all the Buddhas watch You. The architecture is a combination of East Indian, Moorish, Islamic, and Byzantine architecture -- beautiful wall... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is as grand as it gets. Go see a movie here if you get the chance. You will not regret it. The architecture and upkeep of the facility is outstanding. Everything is reasonably priced. They just don't make them like this anymore. Service from the attendants with any questions was superb. Highly recommend this place. Parking was on the... More

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