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“One of Milwaukee's gems!”
Review of Oriental Theater

Oriental Theater
Ranked #5 of 189 things to do in Milwaukee
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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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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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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 an homage to cinema and a real institution. Don't miss it during your trip to Milwaukee!

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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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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 murals.

Every Friday and Saturday before the 7pm show --- they raise the Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ to introduce the show ---- very cool!

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