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Milwaukee, WI: Oriental Theatre Renovations Nearly Complete

Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:43 AM

Photo by Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has taken advantage of the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic to accelerate renovations that its caretaker, the non-profit Milwaukee Film, started planning as soon as it took over the historic 1920s-era movie theater.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article recently that shows some of the latest renovations and provides some insight on the changes:

The Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee's 94-year-old movie palace, is getting ready for its post-pandemic closeup.   

Milwaukee Film, the nonprofit organization that operates the Oriental as well as the Milwaukee Film Festival, is wrapping up the fourth phase of its renovations of the East Side theater at 2230 N. Farwell Ave.

The work includes restoring the theater's massive balcony, restoring the main amphitheater's ceiling and replacing cove lights in the venue. 

Improvements to seating, handrails and lighting, as well as a hearing loop being added to the main auditorium, will follow before the theater is reopened in August — 17 months after it closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

The theater is not yet ready to open to the public, but keep an eye on the Showtimes page for the Oriental Theatre for updates!

Photo above by Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



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