MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Historical Society announced the Oriental Theatre is officially on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in Milwaukee in 1927, the Wisconsin Historical Society said the theatre is an "excellent example of a movie palace." The society explained a movie palace was much more grand than a regular theatre, featuring large lobbies, balconies, an orchestra pit and lavish interiors — all the details the Oriental Theatre holds.
The theatre was designed by Dick & Bauer, which wanted to incorporate the elements of East Indian, Moorish, Islamic and Byzantine architecture, according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.
In July 2018,The local nonprofit Milwaukee film took over the theatre's operations. The group has made multiple improvements, such as restoring ornate plaster work and lighting. Milwaukee Film said it hopes the investment keeps the theatre as a staple in the city, as well as help the local film industry.
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