It’s been two loooooong years since Milwaukee’s Oriental Theatre announced that, thanks to an online petition, it would screen the misbegotten 2019 film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s misbegotten 1981 stage musical Cats. Originally set for March 2020, the screenings were pushed to August 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And then…well, the whole COVID thing just kept rolling. Is it over now? Maybe? Sort of? Never? Who knows. Please kill us.

ANYWAY. The Cats screening is back on! For Saturday, July 23! General admission tickets to the 10 p.m. screening are $12. Get them NOW. Does glitchy CGI and the sight of Taylor Swift and James Corden cavorting around with other “Jellicles” go down easier with a rowdy 10 p.m. audience? Has the Oriental perhaps unearthed the infamous “butthole cut”? Find out!

And there’s more! The following day, on Sunday, July 24, the Oriental will screen another piece of cat content, the 2022 CatVideoFest! The 75-minute film “is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses.” Even better, CatVideoFest “raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.”

General admission tickets to the 3 p.m. screening are $12. Get them…wait for it…MEOW.

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Thanks to a petition, Oriental Theatre will host “rowdy” screenings of ‘Cats’