Marcus theatres

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And action! A guide to Wisconsin's drive-in movie theaters

Published Aug. 7, 2020

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.

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My first time going to a drive-in movie theater

Published June 22, 2020

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.

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Marcus Theatres announces reopening plans, beginning June 19

Published June 11, 2020

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.

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You want butter on that? Cinema concession stands over the years

Published Oct. 28, 2019

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.

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7 movies to see at the 2019 Marcus CineLatino film festival

Published April 9, 2019

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.

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7 flicks to see at the 2018 CineLatino Film Festival

Published April 11, 2018

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.

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Urban spelunking: The Ritz/Villa Theater

Published July 18, 2017

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.

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Update: More MSO news, more Warner Grand photos

Published May 30, 2017

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.