“The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.” – Stanley Kubrick
Here at the Union Cinema, we are firm believers in accommodating to the tastes of all film-lovers. Every one of our films falls into a category, sometimes many categories, and it is with these categories we strive to help you find the film flavor that is just right for you.
*Please note that any of our foreign films will be in their native language with English subtitles
Re-evaluating cinematic conventions and exploring new styles of film-making, experimental films seek to change the narrative experience in unique new ways.
Often blending with other art forms including song, dance, paint, performance, Experimental Tuesdays are a weekly highlight of experimental art pieces both old and new.
Given their name for being commonly produced independent of a major studio, independent films often lack the monstrous budget many Hollywood blockbusters boast nowadays. These films, by being independent of a major studio, allow independent filmmakers greater freedom to create something unique to their vision. Some of the greatest genre defining films began as independent films, including Paranormal Activity, The Terminator, Pulp Fiction, Boyhood, The Blair Witch Project, Star Wars, The Evil Dead, and so many more.
Independent Cinema offers an exclusive first look at brand new indie films.
Through the cinematic art of non-fiction, documentary film-making seeks to explore reality through the lens of the motion picture camera. Known for capturing history in motion and informing the curious, documentary films offer insight on new and exciting worlds.
Documentary Frontiers offer the widest variety of non-fiction possible, covering a vast array of topics in order to enhance the already enormous wealth of knowledge the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee has to offer.
The shape of the film industry is continually shifting as international film studios continue to expand and produce thought-provoking works.
International Cinema works hard to bring foreign films to the Milwaukee community, offering works from around the world in one of the only venues in the greater Milwaukee area where they are likely to be seen on the big screen.
Cinema ClassicsFrom Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope to the Lumière brothers Cinematograph, motion pictures have existed for over a century, evolving and shaping as new technology has formed. At the Union Cinema we are working hard to redefine the term “classic cinema,” screening films that range from historically significant works such as Giant, Malcolm X, and Little Women, to cult-classics like Sister Act, and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.
A series of films from across the world and over decades past, Cinema Classics brings a collection of films (many in their original formats) back to the big screen in all of their glory.
We pride ourselves on being one of Milwaukee’s premiere venues for many types of films from around the globe, but it is the films from local filmmakers that we take the most pride in. Our local UWM and Milwaukee filmmakers have access to one of the country’s finest film programs in the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.
Here at the Union Cinema our Locally Grown series features films from all branches of genres and film-making styles. Milwaukee is home to one of the most diverse communities in America, and our local filmmakers create truly amazing works of art.
Share the Earth Environmental Film Series
Here at the Union Cinema we take environmental issues very seriously, and it is one of our goals to be as environmentally conscious and supportive of our planet as possible.
The Share the Earth Environmental Film Series is a monthly film series focused on the environment, communities of the world, and our behavior as a species.
Annual African American Film Series
Presented by UWM Sociocultural programming, the Annual African American Film Series features a variety of films spanning the entire month of February in honor of Black History month.
Encouraging our continued growth as a society, honoring how far we have come as a culture, and paying tribute to the visionaries who have helped us reach our current state, the Annual African American Film Series screens films from all walks of life focused on topics of diversity that are very relevant to modern society.
Annual Latin American Film Series
The most urbanized region is the world, Latin America produces some of the finest international films that exist today. It is the mission of the Annual Latin American Film Series to present these masterpieces to the Milwaukee community, covering as broad a range of genres as possible.
Featuring films of multiple languages and some of the most diverse cultures on the planet, the Annual Latin American Film Series allows for otherwise unseen cinema to be shown right here at the Union Cinema.
Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
When it comes to emotions created by art, almost no art form is more effective than the genre of horror. Being able to evoke both laughter and fear, horror movies are best enjoyed in a crowded cinema with your friends. It is the entertainment we seek to bring every year with Horror Week.
Occurring annually around Halloween, the Union Cinema is proud to showcase the best of classic and modern horror.