Film Exhibitor Spotlight: Landmark’s Downer Theatre
By Livia Peterson
Besides providing film reviews and news here, I immensely enjoy discussing the theatrical experience with family, friends, and fellow moviegoers. With that said, I am highlighting a few film exhibitors prior to covering the Ninth Annual Milwaukee Festival at A Reel of One’s Own (insanely busy time is forthcoming).
I am showcasing the Downer Theatre (2589 North Downer Avenue in Milwaukee’s Upper East Side) this week. The Downer Theatre is currently operated by Landmark Theatres – a film exhibition company specializing in showing independent films (e.g. documentary and foreign language films). Furthermore, the cinema accommodates two screens with a quaint concession stand.
The Downer Theatre is located near Boswell Book Company and Starbucks (walking distance) and extremely close to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. The manager Liz recently commenced introducing the upcoming films prior to the feature you’re attending. The aforementioned special amenity almost always occurs at the Oriental Theatre, regardless. If you’re lucky, the greeting may occur at the Downer Theatre. (Seriously, it’s all about the timing.)
Despite the Downer Theatre pales in comparison to the Oriental Theatre, the cinema still provides the best theatrical experience ever. Just do not expect ornate designs and Buddhas. However, the Downer Theatre is one of the oldest operating film exhibitors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Downer Theatre is one of the venues during the Milwaukee Film Festival. The Landmark’s regular programming is suspended for two weeks. Milwaukee Film is the new leaseholder to the Oriental Theatre (more on this later) and thus, Landmark Theatres will only operate the Downer Theatre – commencing on July 1, 2018.
Admission Prices ~ Bargain (first showing): $8.50; Adult Evening: $10.50; Senior: $7.50.