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Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre will reopen on Aug. 20

It's been a long time since the public has seen a movie at Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre. Like all movie theaters, the Oriental closed last spring amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but since then it has remained closed while its operators Milwaukee Film restored the historic venue as part of a multi-million dollar renovation project.

Now the theater finally has a reopening date: It'll return on Friday, Aug. 20. Milwaukee Film has even announced its first showing: the Sundance Film Festival winning “ CODA,” starring Emilia Jones. The theater will also host screenings for Milwaukee Film’s Cultures & Communities Festival from Sept. 6-12.  

The Oriental Theatre

“We are so excited to have film fans back in our beloved theatre,” Jonathan Jackson, CEO for Milwaukee Film. “We’ve been patiently awaiting this day for a long time and cannot wait to once again open our doors for moviegoers to experience the wonder that is the Oriental Theatre," Milwaukee Film CEO Jonathan Jackson said in a statement. "With our restoration work completed during the pandemic, Milwaukee’s historic architectural icon is ready again to transport our community via movie magic like nowhere else in the country.”