Oriental Theatre

Movie Theater and Indie Movie Theater · Lower East Side
2230 N Farwell Ave (E North Ave), Milwaukee, WI 53202, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Mon–Wed
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
  • Fri
    • 4:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • Noon–1:00 AM
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Yes (incl. Visa)

Based on 197 votes

People like this place

  • 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated: (12:40pm) 2:50 7:30
  • 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action: (4:50pm) 9:30
  • Anomalisa: (4:20pm)
  • Hail, Caesar!: (11:45am) 2:15pm 4:40 7:15 9:45
  • Room: (1:55pm) 7:05 9:40
  • What you need to know
    Evan K.
    "Definitely to during the Milwaukee film festival."(2 Tips)
    Tiffany T.
    "live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show every 2nd Saturday"(3 Tips)
    Robert D.
    "classic organ concert before the show in the center theater!"(2 Tips)
    Sam K.
    "Student discount given with a valid student ID!"(2 Tips)
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  • rocky horror picture show
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  • Jeff J.

    My favorite movie theater in Milwaukee. Gorgeous interior, above average food/drink choices. Three screens.

    Jeff Johnson · 1 week ago
  • Carmen H.

    Love this old theatre‼️

    Carmen Holzman · December 24, 2015
  • Tiffany T.

    See a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show every 2nd Saturday of the month.

    Tiffany Tresemer · August 27, 2015
  • Tiffany T.

    Rocky Horror Picture Show live is every 2nd Saturday of the month!

    Tiffany Tresemer · August 27, 2015
  • Katie M.

    So charming!! Also live organ music before film really adds to the unique experience!

    Katie Millikin · May 30, 2015
  • Evan K.

    Awesome place to see a movie. Definitely to during the Milwaukee film festival.

    Evan Knapp · September 18, 2014
  • Scott C.

    Best theater in Milwaukee!!

    Scott Connell · September 12, 2014
  • Dani S.

    Can't see a movie without getting their popcorn! It's so much better than the standard movie theater popcorn!

    Dani Schmidt · August 20, 2014
  • Nieama W.

    Such a beautiful places to. All this art and craft.

    Nieama Wooten · December 3, 2013
  • Lisa H.

    Highly recommend becoming a member of mke film.

    Lisa Hernandez · November 21, 2013
  • Lauren H.

    Show your student ID to receive a $2 discount!

    Lauren Holman · October 14, 2013
  • Alex D.

    For people seeking to expand their mind via visual medium, this place is choice.

    Alex Dominguez · October 5, 2013
  • Dustin Z.

    You know what you should do? Sign up for a membership with Milwaukee Film. You get access to monthly members-only screenings that are always hosted on the main screen here at this gorgeous theatre. Read more

    Dustin Zick · October 3, 2013
  • Mary Ann Y.

    The movie Don Jon was pure porn

    Mary Ann Yohanan · September 18, 2013
  • Nina B.

    Love the look of the inside ... Great place to see a movie

    Nina BlathersJackson · July 21, 2013
  • Jennie B.

    One of my favorite places on earth. Gorgeous architecture and delightful staff.

    Jennie Brand · April 14, 2013
  • Tara

    Student discount with ID AND you can buy a drink before/during/after the film! (Also, just insanely beautiful decor - my favorite theatre!)

    Tara · February 24, 2013
  • Steph M.

    Such a cool theatre! Classy.

    Steph Martens · December 18, 2012
  • Dustin Z.

    If you're here for an experience in either of the smaller theaters (the ones on the left and right) - enjoy it, they're great! For real beauty, catch a featured show on the main screen! Glorious!

    Dustin Zick · December 5, 2012
  • Molly B.

    This theater is awesome because it is unique and beautiful on the inside. It's also in a good location to go out after to a bar or restaurant.

    Molly Bennett · October 23, 2012
  • Kevin B.

    What a great Milwaukee institution! I've been coming here since high school for those great films that no one else wants to show. (Yes, subtitles mean you have to know how to read...)

    Kevin Barnes · September 2, 2012
  • Dana F.

    Great place for independent films, very cool decor too.

    Dana Freeman · August 12, 2012
  • Mary

    There was an amazing looking guy named Jonathan who biked here to see Moonrise Kingdom that I need to reunite with #fingerscrossed

    Mary · July 18, 2012
  • Lydia J.

    Whenever anybody looks you in the eye or looks like you, punch them in the face.

    Lydia Jarvis · June 16, 2012
  • Jessica J.

    If you're waiting in line for the girl's bathroom, try going upstairs - there's a bigger girl's room!

    Jessica Jacobs · May 17, 2012
  • Alexandra B.

    Organ player in the theater before the movie starts?! Love it

    Alexandra Bruckner · April 6, 2012
  • KatieFelten

    The Oriental Theatre - I love the history of the Oriental and the fact that its only about 2 blocks from my house and tonight... Hunger Games.

    KatieFelten · March 28, 2012
  • courtney

    This is a really cool theater inside. You have to come here and grab a beer and walk around. The girls bathroom is upstairs but go and walk around and look at the ornate decorations!

    courtney · March 26, 2012
  • Pam W.

    The noon movie on Saturday and Sunday is cheaper! Very friendly staff and a cool old building to explore.

    Pam Williams · October 30, 2011
  • Brighid F.

    Go up stairs and checkout the old lounge area, and the projection area!

    Brighid Fogarty · October 5, 2011
  • Sam K.

    Student discount given with a valid student ID!

    Sam Kislia · September 5, 2011
  • Jabril F.

    This is one of the last of its kind left. Obviously, once, it hosted live theater but now the architectural gem shows (of course) films. There isn't usually a large selection but if you get the chance Read more

    Jabril Faraj · July 18, 2011
  • Envy Creative

    There aren't many moviehouses like this left in America. Take advantage of the opportunity to see a movie in a true theatre.

    Envy Creative · June 25, 2011
  • Cassandra P.

    check this site out... Read more

    Cassandra Palko · March 31, 2011
  • Julie I.

    Best popcorn on the planet and a beautiful old theater to boot. Enjoy the organ concert before the Fri and Sat 7 pm shows to get the whole experience.

    Julie I · March 6, 2011
  • Patrick P.

    Check out Rocky Horror Picture Show here!

    Patrick P · February 26, 2011
  • Andrew S.

    different feel, great popcorn, bad sound quality...

    Andrew Sengkhammee · December 16, 2010
  • Melanie L.

    Definitely check out the FFF! It comes around a few times anually, don't miss out.

    Melanie Lehman · November 12, 2010
  • Jennifer G.

    Catch a movie here and put yeast on your popcorn. The theater is beautiful, nothing like your generic Marcus. Then go bowling and drinking next door at Landmark Lanes.

    Jennifer Guenther · January 31, 2010
  • Robert D.

    7pm shows on Friday get you a classic organ concert before the show in the center theater!

    Robert Dumville · January 22, 2010

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