Rosebud Cinema


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In a Nutshell

  • Single-screen theater
  • Comfortable, plush love seats
  • Mainstream and art films
  • Pizzas, microbrews, wines, and more

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For years, films have been subliminally inserting food imagery to encourage movie-goers to leave the theater and return with a picnic basket full of chicken tenders. Stay seated for the entire showing with today's Groupon. For $10, you get $20 toward a movie ticket and food at Rosebud Cinema in Wauwatosa. Combine a love of theater with buttery popcorn, tall fountain drinks, and the tender aromas of soft pretzels that never give away the end of the movie.

Moving pictures, or talkies, have captivated the imaginations of pedestrians who tried and failed to imagine 40-foot-tall people. Rosebud Cinema hosts a single screen in a 180-guest theater that's stocked with the comforts of plush love seats. Blockbusters and art-house films entertain children and seniors ($7 tickets), adults ($9 tickets), and matinee crowds ($5 tickets before 5 p.m.) with a full schedule of anticipated cinematic releases, like the upcoming Alice in Wonderland, inspired by lycanthropes.

Not adjusting an antenna frees up a watcher’s hands for holding food and refreshments, including 7-inch personal pizzas ($7.95), corndogs with fries ($9.50), candy and popcorn ($11), a smattering of bottled microbrews ($4), and glasses of cabernet and shiraz ($6.50) for those who only watch movies with wine since seeing Sideways and The Hunt for Red October.

One Groupon redeems only one movie ticket, and the rest of the value goes toward all the libations and confections that can fill a pair of human cheeks. Call ahead to reserve your ticket.


Rosebud Cinema came in second on CityVoter for Best Milwaukee Indie Theater 2009, and the Shepherd Express says:

  • The Rosebud, with its old-school quaintness and charm, is known as a perfect date-night spot. – Jenna Kashou

Four Insider Pages users give Rosebud Cinema four stars, and nine Yelpers give it a near-perfect 4.5:

  • I hereby declare that every movie I consider seeing in a movie theater, I will first find out if it is playing at the Rosebud, which is 5 miles across town from my house but so worth the drive. – Laura F., Yelp
  • The service is terrific - jovial and engaging. The menu selection is better than the average big moviehouse. The seating is comfortable and cozy. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date and I highly recommend it. It is a landmark and a must-visit while in the Milwaukee area. – Lara L., Insider Pages

Rosebud Theater

Going to the movie theater should be more enjoyable than watching a movie at home––a concept that Rosebud Theater has down pat. Cinephiles regain the sparkle in their eyes as they enter the historic venue, which originally opened as The Tosa Theatre in 1931 and was recently modernized to have great views and stellar sound. Unlike cramped multiplex theaters, Rosebud houses one solitary, comfortably spaced theater, where visitors won’t have to worry about hearing explosions from the monster-truck movie next door or accidently walking into the wrong monster-truck movie.

In addition to typical movie snacks such as popcorn, candy, and soda, the Rosebud sports a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches, quesadillas, and pizza, as well as a full bar stocked with wine, cocktails, and microbrews––all of which are delivered to patrons during featured presentations. Rather than standard chairs, the theater is furnished with cushy loveseats with room for 180 movie lovers to savor first-run Hollywood hits without wrestling strangers over armrests.

Customer Reviews

533 Ratings

Great place!
Zachary R. · February 17, 2016
Beat place to bring the kids to see a flick! Love the couches, and food!
Dianna B. · June 10, 2015
It's always an excellent venue to watch a movie.
Daniel H. · April 27, 2015

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