After less than a week back in business, the Oriental Theatre has announced it will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours for entry.

The policy, announced by the operator of the historic East Side theater, Milwaukee Film, will begin Wednesday, August 25.

“For entry, Milwaukee Film will accept either hard copies or a photo of vaccination cards, along with matching Wisconsin or federal ID,” reads a press release. “If using a photo of a vaccination card, the whole front must be clearly visible. The negative COVID-19 test result must be within 72 hours of the showing time and be from a medical facility or pharmacy. At-home tests will not be accepted.”

A previous press release asked that “all attendees wear masks unless actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.” All Milwaukee Film and Oriental Theatre staff are fully vaccinated and masked.

The Oriental reopened on August 20. The theater had been closed for the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic, but used that time off for extensive renovations and restorations.

The Oriental is currently screening Ailey, Cryptozoo, and CODA—the latter of which is very good and made us sob uncontrollably. Also, that new Candyman is coming to the Oriental and it looks awesome.

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