Oriental Theatre (Milwaukee)

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Oriental Theatre
Oriental Theatre Milwaukee lobby.jpg
Oriental Theatre lobby
Address 2230 North Farwell Avenue
United States
Owner Landmark Theatres
Capacity 2100[1]
Opened July 2, 1927[2]
Architect Gustave A. Dick
Alex Bauer

Oriental Theatre is located in the East Side neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was built and opened in 1927 as a movie palace. The themes of the decor are East Indian, with no traces of Chinese or Japanese artwork; it is said to be the only movie palace to incorporate East Indian artwork.[3] It was designed by Gustave A. Dick and Alex Bauer and features 2 minaret towers, 3 stained glass chandeliers, several hand drawn murals, 6 bigger-than-life Buddhas, dozens of original draperies, 8 porcelain lions, and hundreds of elephants.

The theater is operated by Landmark Theatres and is officially known as the Oriental Landmark Theatre. It has been showing independent and art films, as well as a few blockbuster Hollywood films.

The theater is the world record holder for continual showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.[4] It has played as a Saturday midnight movie since January 1978.

In 2005, the theater was dubbed one of the "10 Theaters Doing It Right" by Entertainment Weekly.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.astortheater.org/history3.html
  2. ^ http://www.astortheater.org/history13.html
  3. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theater/443/
  4. ^ "Let's do the Time Warp Again. And Again. And Again"; Devlin, Ryan; Premiere v. 18 no. 9 (June 2005) p. 58-60, 62-3
  5. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1090060,00.html

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Coordinates: 43°03′35″N 87°53′08″W / 43.059657°N 87.885664°W / 43.059657; -87.885664