Day Trips to the Oriental Theatre


UPDATE: Taking the lead from city and state health authorities, as well as local school districts, we are cancelling our spring semester Education Screenings. We regret not being able to offer this opportunity to you and your students, but securing our community's health is paramount at this time.

We are currently exploring ways to give access to films and curriculum to educators through online means and will be in touch if and when we have a concrete plan for this form of delivery in the near future should an opportunity arise.

Please stay tuned to our Educator Newsletter for announcements of opening registration for our Fall 2020 Education Screenings in the coming months.

Please don't hesitate to email us at with any questions!

Be well,
Milwaukee Film Education Team

Stay tuned for the re-opening of our Education Screenings for the Fall Season!

About our Education Screenings:

Through Milwaukee Film's education screenings program, local students take a day trip to the Oriental Theatre. The students experience a historic cinema, view a high-quality film, and join other students from the community to engage in thought-provoking, curriculum-based activities and discussions. We also provide participating teachers with curriculum packets that indicate the Common Core State Standards our screenings and activities meet.

Previous screenings have included the documentaries T-Rex, The Blood is at the Doorstep, and Supergirl, and, on occasion, we've been able to bring in a film professional or guest to supplement the screening and subsequent discussion.

In the past, our education screenings have been limited to festival season, but with Milwaukee Film operating the Oriental Theatre year-round, we have expanded this program to serve students throughout the academic year. 

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Reserve Your Education Screening

If you're ready to reserve your and your students' spots at our 2020 education screenings, sign up using the form below!

Fast Facts: Education Screenings

Who is eligible for Education Screenings?

Milwaukee Film’s Education Screenings are open to grade bands 1st–3rd, 4th–6th, 6th–8th, and 9th–12th for schools in the Greater Milwaukee area.

How much do Education Screenings cost?

Tickets are only $1 per student, and, for MPS schools, Milwaukee Film will pay for buses.

When and where are the screenings?

All Festival Education Screenings start promptly at 10 a.m. at the Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee's East Side.

Do Education Screenings take place only during the Milwaukee Film Festival?

In the past, our Education Screenings program has been limited to festival season, but now that Milwaukee Film operates the Oriental Theatre year-round,  we have expanded our Education Screenings program to serve even more students in a given year!

CLICK HERE to reserve spots at our 2020 Festival Education Screenings!

Will year-round Education Screenings be identical to festival season offerings?

Year-round Education Screenings may be encore screenings of festival films or new selections. They’ll still come with curriculum packets and be high-quality, educationally engaging films!

Some of the screening dates are wait-listed. Does that mean I should no longer sign up?

As we receive reservations for the festival screening dates, we will indicate which screenings are wait-list only below. Please do not hesitate to sign up to be on our wait-list as it will become active as student numbers become more solid and as groups adjust their reservations! When films are announced in late August, you’ll be asked to confirm your reservation.

When are education screenings in 2019, and which dates serve which grade bands?


  • Wednesday, October 2
  • Thursday, October 3
  • Thursday, October 31


  • Tuesday, October 29
  • Wednesday, October 30


  • Wednesday, October 23
  • Thursday, October 24


  • Monday, October 21
  • Tuesday, October 22
When are additional screening dates in 2019?




  • Wednesday, April 29
  • Thursday, April 30


  • Wednesday, April 22


  • Wednesday or Thursday, April 1 or 2** (English Language Screening)


  • Wednesday or Thursday, April 1 or 2** (Bilingual Screening)
  • Wednesday, May 6


  • Thursday, April 16
  • Thursday, May 7
**NOTE: Exact date of our Bilingual Education Screening is TBD and will be dependent on volume of request for either the 1st or 2nd or April, so we can serve as many bilingual classrooms as we can. We will get back to you with a firmer confirmation of your Landfill Harmonic screening date by February 24!

Stay tuned for additional information throughout the year!

Can we access curriculum packets after the screenings?

Yes! We have a an archive of all of our Education Screenings curriculum packets to date here. Feel free to adapt these for use in your learning environments as you see fit!