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Oriental Theater

Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
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Address: 2230 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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+1 312-977-1700

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2015
St. Paul, MN
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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 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.

1 Thank CandyceW
Lebanon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

This theater was really a step back in time and very enjoyable to experience it. You are able to buy alcohol so my husband and I enjoyed a glass of wine while watching Mission Impossible. There was only one other person in the theater so it was almost like he rented out the theater just for us!

1 Thank Amy M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

A step back in time, and a beautifully grand one at that. Must see for a Milwaukee resident, preferably during the Fall film fest and with stops before and after at any of the many local pubs to discuss opinions of the film to be seen or just experienced.

1 Thank MKE_Andrew
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Such a great place to go on thee 3rd Saturday of the month to see Rocky Horror. The old world charm is fantastic. If you are looking for more information, look up Sensual Daydreams- they are fantastic!!

1 Thank Sarah O
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

Watch movies in a real movie theater environment. Watch the very late late night showings and join in the fun. The yearly Milwaukee Movie Festival began here.

Thank MatildaMonaghanMarti
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

This is a work of art, it brings back the old world charm of the movie theaters of yesteryear's. The interior is just magnificent, the art work was all done by hand painting and must of took hours to complete. This is a must see theater, if you are visiting the Milwaukee Eastside. Enjoy.

Thank OGALkiller
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

This and the Downer are the two "indie" theaters in which to see quality films in southeastern WI. The Oriental has the better decor of the two, but both show the good films that often have short or nonexistent runs at the mega theaters. The Oriental's been around since ca. 1908, thus the scenery and ambiance are an added bonus... More 

Thank Drew H
Cudahy, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 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 

Thank Kelly S
Shorewood, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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.

Thank MsKittyShorewoodWI

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