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Oriental Theater

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Address: 2230 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1117
Phone Number: (312) 977-1700
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Fabulous home of Milwaukee Film Festival.

The elaborate decor of the lobby alone is worth the price of admission. But the main theater takes it to another level with dramatic lighting. Even the two additional screens do a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
George330
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The elaborate decor of the lobby alone is worth the price of admission. But the main theater takes it to another level with dramatic lighting. Even the two additional screens do a credible job of imitating the extraordinary decor of the main theater, The Oriental is part of the Landmark chain which specializes in exceptional films. And if you are... More 

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

This is by far my favorite place to watch movies in the Greater Milwaukee area. It's not a state-of-the-art mega-plex, but rather a historic art house theater. The ornate main theater is a must-see for anyone visiting Milwaukee. Be sure to arrive a few minutes early for a show on Saturday nights to enjoy the organist playing. The theater's architecture... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

I got there early after walking up from the lake for my matinee. It was beautiful and air conditioned and so classic. They made me a mixed drink and charged my phone in the back. Above and beyond. I relaxed on the couch with my drink then saw an indie film. What more could you want?

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Sedona, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

Old style movie house 2 screens - ornate architecture right down to the tile floors in the restrooms. Best popcorn ever and yes REAL butter! Ahh now that's a movie theatre.

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Thank Arloredrock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Great selections for the discerning film enthusiast are paired with an amazing atmosphere of this classic cinema. This place is FANCY, and respectful patrons often dress in the same caliber. Before each screening, the theater manager personally addresses the audience to introduce the film, and highlight other titles showing on the cinema's 3 screens. Through the decor, service, and your... More 

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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I saw this delightful Japanese animation, subtitled in English at the Oriental. The Oriental has a beautiful, ornate, spectacular interior which evokes a sense of old-world splendor. Screen is large, seating is excellent, and sound outstanding. The popcorn at the concession stand was sold in lavish portions. A must for Eastside goers!!

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Very cool theater from the outside and from the inside. The way it's preserve is inspiring, the place is maintained and workers there are very nice and kind. Do not worry about the quality of the screening and the halls themselves they are comfortable and fun. This place also hosts once a year the Milwaukee films festival.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is probably my favorite movie theater. Decorated with an Asian motif, the decor inside is really amazing.The large main theater has had the areas under the balcony split off into two smaller theaters, but it was done with great care and all three theaters are comfortable and beautiful to look at. Don't miss the popcorn, it is far better... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Gorgeous theatre! I loved the old world ambiance of the building. It shows unique movies as well as popular Disney movies and shows.

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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The architecture and the inside decor are simply stunning. East Indian? If you're going to take in a movie anyway, why not do it in a unique, one-of-a kind venue. Very steeped in history, very old-glam and very worth checking out if you're visiting Milwaukee.

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