Thursday, July 19, 2012

Let's All Go To the Movies!

From my other post you may have learned that I am a film major here at UWM, which means one of my favorite past times is going to the movies! If you like the movies, then Milwaukee is the place for you! We have some great historical theatres right in our area that lets you indulge in the art and culture of cinema. Not to mention, countless film festivals are held in the area as well! That means you have the opportunity to see movies by up and coming artists, UWM community members, and some reinvented classics.

Landmark Oriental
Landmark Oriental
The Oriental Theatre is located a mile north of downtown, a mile south of our main campus, and 1-3 blocks from some of our Residence Halls.  It is at the heart of Milwaukee's alternative East side. It's home to 3 premiere screens.  Every Friday and Saturday before the 7pm show in the main theatre, the lush sounds of the Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ introduce the film, reminiscing the glory days of the theatres.

One of my favorite memories is my first year going to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Oriental Theatre is the U.S. record holder for a current and continuing film engagement. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has played as a midnight film since January, 1978. Rocky Horror now shows every second Saturday of the month. It was a great time getting to interact with the cast shadow preforming the movie. We went on one of their themed nights and it was a sight to see.

Downer Theatre
Just a few blocks North East of the Oriental you can find the two screen theatre located on  Downer Avenue in Milwaukee's upper East side. Downer Theatre is the oldest operating movie theatre in Milwaukee and embraces screening some of the finest in independent film and foreign language cinema.

Fox Bay Cinema Grill

Fox Bay Cinema Grill 
This place is great! It takes dinner and a movie to a whole new level. It is one of the first of its kind in the Milwaukee area. The theatre itself has been around since 1951.  In  2000, it was restored, introducing the new grill menu. What is nice about this place is you get the large screen but not as many people. They have a select number of seating in their theatres to give their guest the room to dine. With a much more classic cinema experience this theatre runs more of the main stream films including 3D flicks!  

UWM Union Theatre
Union Theatre
One of the great things about UWM is that we have our very own theatre on campus! It is home to several different genres of films and film festivals. The best part is that its free to UWM Students with your student ID. It screens films across the board; from UWM student and faculty work to main stream films.  Its located on the Union 2nd Floor on the east side. Its a great place to take advantage of while you are a UWM student!  So be sure to check out their list of special events and festivals they have here!

If you are looking to check out something even closer than the Union Theatre, you can always check out Flicks. It is located in the lobby of Sanburg is FREE to all our residents and their guest! It offers our students movies that are fresh out of the theatres just before they hit DVD. They often have the movies running Thursday through Sunday with multiple times each night! I highly suggest checking it out!

Check out their facebook page and such here.

Don't forget about the Milwaukee Film Festivals!
Milwaukee is home to some great film festivals that is a rare opportunity to be apart of! I suggest when the time comes get involved by volunteering or just going to the movies! Some great ones to look into are the Milwaukee Film Festival and the LGBTQ Film Festival which is sponsored and run by the UWM Film Department!

So, UWM students, can't wait to see you at the movies!

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