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Milwaukee, WI: Landmark Oriental Theatre Closing In Advance of Ownership Change

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 5:28 PM

Oriental Theatre PhotoThe Landmark Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be closing after the last movies are shown on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The theater is changing operators from Landmark Theatres to Milwaukee Film, a change which was announced last year.

They are hoping to reopen the theater in early August. If you want to catch one of the final shows, head over to the Showtimes page for the Landmark Oriental Theatre to see what's playing and when.

Milwaukee Film is a non-profit organization based in Milwaukee that has a mission "to entertain, educate, and engage our community through cinematic experiences." It runs the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which drew nearly 77,000 attendees in 2017.

According to an article published recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the organization signed a long-term lease that takes effect on July 1st, and is planning to revitalize the theater. Those plans include upgraded projection and sound systems as well as expanded bathroom facilities. Future plans include an expansion of the concession area, adding a bar, and improving the balcony seating.

The theater opened July 2, 1927 as a single-screen location with more than 2,000 seats. Landmark Theatres has been operating the theater since November 12, 1976. In 1988, they split the auditorium into three by enclosing the rear portion of the lower level.

Landmark Theatres also operates the Landmark Downer Theatre just down the street, and the company hasn't announced any plans to change that.

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Jun 26, 2018 - Scott Jentsch VIP Member

Landmark closes Oriental today, the end of an era and the start of a new one -- OnMilwaukee.com [Jun 21, 2018] 

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