Now that they've got the green light, we can hopefully expect to roll film on going to the movies again soon. And when that happens, here are several Wisconsin drive-ins still keeping the glorious tradition of movie-going - both retro and current - alive.
Time for me to hand in my movie nerd membership card: Until this month, I'd never been to a drive-in movie theater. I've fixed that now, though, and learned a lot about movie-going in the time of COVID-19.
Marcus Theatres may be planning to open several locations back up this weekend, but that doesn't mean the drive-ins are done. In fact, Marcus will open a second Parking Lot Cinema location this month, this time at the South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek.
Marcus Theatres announced its intention to begin reopening to the public on Friday, June 19, starting with four theaters in Wisconsin: the Marcus Ridge, the Marcus Renaissance, the BistroPlex in Greendale and the Marcus Grand Valley.
As Milwaukee Film puts the finishing touches on the new lobby concession stand at the Oriental Theatre in advance of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival, we dug through the Marcus Theatres archive with Leslie Heinrichs to find some great examples of Wisconsin movie theater lobby concession stands from the second half of the 20th century.
To look at the striking Art Deco facade of the Rivoli Theatre, W62 N567 Washington Ave., in Cedarburg, you'd surmise that you're seeing a vintage 1930s movie house. And you'd be right. But the facade is only about a decade old. We check out its history here.
Before it calls "action!" this weekend, however, we got to tour around the eight-screen cineplex and see what makes Movie Tavern by Marcus in Brookfield Square Mall new.
It takes some imagination right now, but a double whammy of Wisconsin debuts - WhirlyBall entertainment complex and Marcus Theatres' Movie Tavern restaurant and cinema - is coming together at Brookfield Square.
The summer movie season is almost upon us, but thanks to the return of Marcus Theatres' CineLatino film festival, the excitement of big laughs, superhero adventures and more is starting early. And to help pick the perfect pelicula, here are seven standout selections.
The summer movie season may still be weeks away, but cinematic excitement has hit Milwaukee early this year, with Marcus Theatres' second annual CineLatino Film Festival rolling film tonight. But what should you see? Here are seven standouts.
Before the opening titles roll on CineLatino Wednesday evening, I got a chance to chat with Marcus Theatres President, CEO and Chairman Rolando Rodriguez about the film festival, the state of the theatrical experience and his life in movies.
An upcoming summer comedy, a celebration of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and a showcase for our most recent Best Director winner are all headed to the big screen this spring for Marcus Theatres' second CineLatino Film Festival.
Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised to step inside the former Ritz Theater movie house 3608 W. Villard Ave. and find it intact as a movie house. But after The Ritz, which was called the Villa by then, was closed by Marcus Theatres in 1986, it had a brief return as a movie house in the following decade, so it hasn't really been gone all that long.
As soon as news emerged that the MSO wants to make the gorgeous Art Deco former Warner/Grand movie palace its new home, we took you inside. Now, we're going back in for more! Here's an update on the project and another peek inside.
The future of film - much like the future of this country - is diversity, and while Hollywood's been slow on the uptake, 2017 has made that reality impossible to ignore. Now Marcus Theatres is hoping to do its part with a brand new film festival.