The incredible Landmark Theatres currently operates the Oriental Theatre, 2230 North Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee’s Upper East Side, Wisconsin 53202. Milwaukee Film just announced they will operate the movie palace, commencing during the July 1, 2018. The Oriental Theatre celebrated the Ninetieth Anniversary during the Sunday, June 25, 2017 – with awesome festivities, including Glen Gerard’s magic tricks, the cake, and the organist Perry Petta playing the organ prior and following the screening of Michael Curtiz’s “Casablanca” (1942). Pure magic. Let me tell ya, this movie palace will alter your life for the better, regardless of the operators. I will miss Landmark Theatres operating the theatre. No offense to Milwaukee Film.
The Oriental Theatre presented the Black and White restored version in the darkened theatre. It is obvious why “Casablanca” is hailed a classic film. A timeless and enduring love story, regardless of your age.
Prior to attending the celebration, I attended the fine “Beatriz at Dinner”. I accomplished my first quadruple feature – “Band Aid” and “Dean” at the Downer Theatre and the aforementioned “Beatriz at Dinner” and “Casablanca” at the Oriental Theatre. I ate some cake prior to the screening.
The Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett introduced the film, announcing the Oriental Theatre is one of the hottest places to see a film, particularly the independent films. Glen Gerard presented a couple mesmerizing magic tricks. The crowded theatre witnessed the short cartoon film and “Casablanca” and yes, several folks clapped during the film. As everyone was walking out, I was able to personally speak to and capture the photo with Mr. Barrett (the best moment during the evening, in my opinion).
“Christine” (2016) and “Certain Women” (2016) were my initial two films I attended at the Oriental Theatre. I was stunned during my first visit. You know what: I am still astonished by the theatre during the several visits. Probably the oriental decorations and Buddhas get to me – in a good way. I would like to give a shout out to the brilliant manager Crystal for the breathtaking introductions prior to the films and the whole nine yards. The entire Oriental Theatre staff is jaw dropping. For real.
I highly recommend visiting the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee. The movie palace will capture your heart and never leave. Life altering, indeed.
I’ve seen and reviewed plenty foreign language films, my lovely readers. Most people are scared, regarding reading the subtitles. I recognize you may be one of them… You may believe they suck your enjoyment out of a movie – actually, they do not.
Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” (Germany) and Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” (France) are two particular favorite films during the 2016. (Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” / “Forushande” won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.)
The foreign films allow you to explore a different facet of the cinema – witness original and wacky narratives and discover various cultures and customs & unknown filmmakers, actresses, and actors (however, they may be known in their native country). Ultimately, attending foreign films are a rewarding experience on many levels.
Trust me here, attending your first foreign language film may be taunting and tempting – but once you attend several films of this nature, you eventually become acclimated and reading the subtitles is actually no big deal. You just smoothly transition yourself. This is easy for me to proclaim: SUBTITLES ARE NOT THAT BAD. So, let me leave you with this – foreign cinema and the subtitles may be initially outlandish and yet, the reward is positively insurmountable.
I rarely discuss the cinemas I attend, but I would like to advocate a particular film exhibitor during this evening – Landmark Theatres, the leading exhibitor specializing in independent film.
I frequently attend the Oriental Theatre (2230 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee’s Upper East Side) and the Downer Theatre (2589 North Downer Avenue, Milwaukee’s Upper East Side) to witness and review the independent films for you, my lovely readers.
Without further ado, I am providing five reasons why the Landmark Theatres is awesome.
Number One: Landmark Theatres showcase foreign language films and documentaries.
The mighty commercial theatre chains, such as Marcus Theatres and AMC Theatres primarily present the mainstream films (e.g. superhero films) and thus, the indie film buffs are required to travel to another theatre chain to attend the shoestring budget, independent films. Landmark Theatres is the chief independent film theatre chain in the Metro Milwaukee area.
Number Two: Landmark Theatres provide unique cinema experiences.
I frequently visit the cinema to witness the mainstream and independent films. Marcus Theatres – mainstream fare and Landmark Theatres – independent fare. Every experience is unique and special, regardless whether it is located at the Oriental or the Downer. However, I cannot determine why it’s so singular because it’s in Milwaukee or it’s the theatres themselves – most likely a combination of both.
Number Three: The Oriental Theatre is GORGEOUS.
The Oriental Theatre is an operating movie palace, the only movie palace within the vicinity of Menomonee Falls and neighboring towns, villages, etc. The theatre is extremely elegant and breathtaking inside, especially the main theatre. You will fall in love with movies if you haven’t already during the visit(s) at this theatre. Ultimately, the Oriental Theatre is a reminder why I fell in love motion pictures in the first place.
Number Four: The showtimes are usually listed during the Monday evenings.
Whereas the Marcus Theatres list the showtimes during Wednesday, Landmark Theatres usually list the showtimes during Monday evening at the latest. It is convenient and awesome, so you are able to schedule the independent films prior to the mainstream films.
Number Five: The Oriental Theatre manager Crystal sometimes introduces the upcoming films that will play at the Milwaukee Landmark Theatres prior to the films.
This rarely occurs at the fellow cinemas, so this is the additional reason to attend films in Milwaukee. It’s also another reason why I love the Oriental Theatre – besides the fact it is beautiful. While we’re on the topic, “Song to Song” is scheduled to play at the Oriental Theatre and “Personal Shopper” is scheduled to play at the Downer Theatre. Of course, be on the lookout for my reviews.
Thank you to Landmark Theatres for never disappointing me in terms of the film selection and the cinema experiences.
Variety’s Brent Lang reported that the studios are flirting with the notion of offering movies seventeen days after their theatrical release – drastically cutting the ninety day theatrical window. 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Pictures are in negotiations to offer the exhibitors a percentage of the digital sales. The consumers would disburse $30 for the rental fee.
Hell yes, we are in the digital age. Therefore, the singular magical cinema experience is in jeopardy. I cannot delve into movies via home video as there are too many distractions; however, the cinema provides little to no distractions – the lights to dim and thus, I am immersed in the film. Let’s just say watching movies at home is just not the same as watching films in the cinema.
There are advantages and disadvantages to the cinema and home video, but the latter format is disrespecting the film exhibitors if the consumers are renting new releases. The ninety day theatrical window is essential because first of all – movies are meant to be seen in a darkened theatre, second of all – films are able to produce the revenue if the box office failures occur, and finally, most Disney movies demand the cinema experience (e.g. the live action “Beauty and the Beast”, now playing in cinemas nationwide).
Some cinemas are better than others in regards to fully preserving the cinema experience. Landmark Theatres is the best, particularly the Oriental Theatre (not so much the Downer Theatre). But regardless, the films need the exhibitors and the exhibitors need the films – despite the ticket prices have drastically risen and the concession prices are utterly insane.
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