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“THE place to see a movie!”
Review of Oriental Theater

Oriental Theater
Ranked #33 of 182 things to do in Milwaukee
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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

In an age of nondescript suburban chain movie theaters, the Oriental is worth visiting to see whatever might be showing, often art house or foreign movies. The lobby is ornate and a great photo op, and the theater itself is even more beautiful. Make sure to see a show in the main theater. Great popcorn, too!

Thank johntpt
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

I don't know what sabers86 is talking about ~ the Oriental is a going concern and one of the absolute best, best, bestest things in Milwaukee. When you go to a movie at the Oriental, the show starts as soon as you round the corner and see the exterior and only gets more spectacular as you proceed inside to the lobby, then the theatres themselves, especially the main, center auditorium. Try to go to a Saturday 7 p.m. show to catch the LIVE organ performance on the mighty Kimball. Thrills me every time as the console and organist slowly sink below the proscenium to start the movie!

Thank Kasebrot
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

It's worth the price of admission just to see the ornate lobby. Such a throwback to the golden age. They sell cocktails and beer and wine with normal theater food in the lobby. Only three theaters, comfy seats. Not for you If you are looking for the brand new megaplex experience.

Thank MELISSA W
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

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 here Sept/Oct, check out the Milwaukee Film Festival, Whenever you go you will enjoy the excellent popcorn, the beer and wine choices, and the fabulous ambiance. The whole operation is very personal and homey (just like Milwaukee) with people who really know and care about film and are good stewards of this gem of a theater. Speaking of gems, the Oriental still has its original theater organ which is a real treat to hear in occasional concerts, curtain warmers or accompaniment to old silent films. Next time you go to a movie, take the time to enjoy one of Milwaukee's treasures.

Thank George330
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Reviewed 21 July 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 and selection of films is only upstaged by its own concession stand, which has wonderful popcorn. This place is truly a slice of heaven!

Thank Stacy B
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