Milwaukee's Best Movie Theater
Oriental Landmark Theatre
With its eclectic
detailing drawn from the Near East as well as the Far East,
the Oriental was an architectural landmark from the day it opened. Operating
since the end of the silent era, it remains Milwaukee’s only functioning movie palace
from the 1920s. Even the economic decision to split the theater in three hasn’t
diminished the Oriental’s splendor. In the ’80s and ’90s it screened mostly
foreign and domestic movies from beyond Hollywood.
Although lately blockbusters and Oscar contenders are filling more of its
screen-time, the Oriental is still a place to catch movies that will never be
shown in any nearby multiplex. Recently, the Oriental added full bar service in
2230 N. Farwell Ave.