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Is there a special screening of 'Cats' coming to Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre?

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Feb 06, 2020

MILWAUKEE -- Last year's film adaptation of the Broadway musical 'Cats' was a massive disappointment; the movie failed to turn a profit and was greeted by (in some cases) comically bad reviews. But that hasn't stopped the forces of the internet from demanding a special screening at one of Milwaukee's best movie houses.

Earlier this week, a Twitter user by the name of @mackzegreat started a Change.org petition called "Bring 'Cats' to the Oriental Theatre."

The petition quickly caught the attention of the Milwaukee Film, the group that owns and operates the Oriental. They offered a challenge: If the petition could reach 100 signatures, they would show the movie.

Well, because this is the internet, the petition quickly reached that 100-signature goal, leading Milwaukee Film to announce (with regret) a screening would be "coming soon...apparently."

This wouldn't be the first time 'Cats' has gotten the repertory treatment. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which operates a chain of theaters across the country, hosts what they call 'Rowdy Screenings' of the movie, similar to the cult-like following 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' has garnered over the years.

Though Milwaukee Film has yet to formally announce a screening, we think it would be a purrfect fit. Stay tuned for more.

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