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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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The Oriental is one of America's Great movie palaces

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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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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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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54 helpful votes 54 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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