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When it opened in December 1925, the Dundee Theater (“Omaha’s newest photoplay house”) stood apart as a cozy alternative to the downtown movie palaces of the era. The arrival of sound technology just four years later marked the first of many changes to the cinema. At times, the Dundee served as a venue for popular Hollywood fare. At others, it operated as an art house, introducing new independents and foreign films to local audiences.
More than once, its doors closed and screen went dark, but the Dundee always reopened.
By comparison, our own history is relatively brief. Film Streams opened our first location, the two-screen Ruth Sokolof Theater in North Downtown Omaha, just a decade ago. Since then, we’ve worked tirelessly to enhance and engage our city through the innovative films we program and the one-of-a-kind special events we offer.
In short, we love film, and we love our community.
The Dundee represents both.
Thanks to a visionary gift from The Sherwood Foundation that placed the Dundee Theater in our care, Film Streams is now in a position — and determined — to secure the 92-year-old cinema's future.
Our plan begins with a historically respectful renovation of the Dundee’s 300-plus seat auditorium that will repair its aging infrastructure while equipping the cinema with state-of-the-art projection and sound technology. Like our booth at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, the Dundee will be able to screen films in a variety of formats, most notably reel-to-reel 35mm and DCP presentations.
Our plan also addresses challenges to the Dundee’s long-term viability by expanding its floor plan to create a more vibrant community space and film center.
Improvements and Additions
A NEW ENTRANCE & POCKET PARK:
While the face of the iconic Dundee will remain on Dodge Street, a safer, more welcoming, and accessible entrance will be introduced on the north side of the building, with a beautiful outdoor gathering space we hope will be used by filmgoers, residents, and visitors to the neighborhood.
INTRODUCING THE LINDER MICROCINEMA:
A brand new 25-seat screening room will pave the way for even more hard-to-find films to come to Omaha — including ambitious and experimental new work from around the world — while also creating a home for Film Streams Courses, our new program of multi-week seminars for adult audiences.
THE LOBBY AS A COMMUNITY HUB:
Active even before the day's showtimes begin, the Dundee's new lobby is designed to be a true community space, featuring the second location of our wonderful new partner: Kitchen Table, a locally owned and operated restaurant serving amazing meals from the best local ingredients available.
THE ‘VIDEO’ STORE:
A curated collection of film books, Criterion Collection Blu-rays, and other cinema offerings for sale or browsing will be our tribute to the Dundee’s former independent video store.
Film Streams' Dundee Theater Campaign will support the renovation, build-out, start-up, and maintenance costs for the cinema. Its community impact will be tremendous.
Operating the Dundee Theater will allow us to expand and enhance our programs, while reviving a cultural landmark that’s created countless memories. Film Streams remains committed to the Ruth Sokolof Theater, our home in North Downtown. The Dundee Theater will become our second location, with the main auditorium and the Linder Microcinema becoming our third and fourth screens.
Between the two cinemas, the number of quality films reaching a big screen in our community each year will grow by the dozens, and even more special events with visiting filmmakers, guest speakers, and performing artists will be possible.
Help revive the
Please consider a donation to Film Streams’ Dundee Theater Campaign.
Donations by check can be made out to "Film Streams" and mailed to PO Box 8485, Omaha, Nebraska, 68108.
Contributions can also be made by phone at (402) 933-0259 ext. 13, or in person at the Ruth Sokolof Theater during operating hours.
Every gift makes a difference! A donation of any amount is sincerely appreciated and will be acknowledged as the Dundee Theater reopens. Gifts at the levels below will also be recognized in the following ways.
- Online acknowledgment as a Dundee Theater Campaign Supporter
All of the above, plus:
- Recognition in Dundee Theater Grand Reopening materials
- Advance purchase period for Dundee Theater opening week film(s)
All of the above, plus:
- On-screen recognition at the Dundee Theater as a Campaign Supporter
All of the above, plus:
- Name a Seat: A plaque with the name of your choosing will be attached to a seat in the historic Dundee Theater auditorium or Linder Microcinema
All of the above, plus:
- Name and Choose a Seat: Further personalize your seat plaque by selecting its location in the historic Dundee Theater auditorium
- Tickets for 2 to Grand Reopening event
All of the above, plus:
- Tickets for 4 to Grand Reopening event + reserved seating
- Pre-opening hard-hat tour of the Dundee Theater
All of the above, plus:
- Permanent recognition on our Dundee Theater Donor Wall installation
Many, many thanks to the following donors for their support of our dundee theater campaign!
The Sherwood Foundation, Weitz Family Foundation, Karen & Jim Linder, Anonymous, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Annette & Paul Smith, Katie Weitz, PhD, Betiana & Todd Simon, Cindy & Scott Heider, Susan & Mike Lebens, First National Bank, Drew & Meredith Weitz, Cindy & Mogens Bay, Gerry & Bruce Lauritzen, Anne Thorne Weaver, Sam Walker, Sharee & Murray Newman, Dan & Tina Lonergan, Nancy & Mike McCarthy, Jim & Kathy Simpson, Sue & Chris Behr, Alexander & Maria Payne, Deborah A. Macdonald, Ann & Ken Stinson, Hamann Family Fund, Laura & Michael Alley, Jeff & Maria Sauvageau, Kevin M. McCarthy, Maggie & Bob Mundy, Nancy & David Jacobson, Joel, Nancy, Claire & Daniel Schlessinger, Dan & Esther Brabec, Friedland Family Foundation, Richard Brooke Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, Lou Anne Rinn, Norman and Frances Batt Family Fund, Bunny & Larry Buss, David & Martha Slosburg, Terrie & John Ringwalt
Pape Family Foundation, Mogens Knudsen, Sokolof Family Foundation, Sarah & Adam Yale, Pinnacle Bank, Becker Family Foundation, Carol Gendler, Peggy C. Payne, Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Gary & Sally Kaplan, Amy Haddad & Steve Martin, In Memory of Alan & Marcia Baer (Baer Foundation), Security National Bank, The Gifford Foundation, Tina & John Cherica, Laurie Smith Camp, Jim & Diny Landen, Lou Lukas, Senator Ben & Mrs. Diane Nelson, Hal & Ashlee Koch, Henry Davis, Jeanne & William Penry, Linda & Tim Daugherty, Jonna & Tim Holland, Streck, Inc., Rachel Jacobson & Stephen Osberg, John Detisch & Hillary Nather-Detisch, Landen Family, Jane Alseth, Roger & Jody duRand, Kurt Andersen & Anne Kreamer, Phyllis Aronson, Heike & Adam Langdon, In Honor of Quinn Metal Corbin (Josie, Metal-Corbin & David Corbin), Eric Bunderson, Rick & Laura Roccaforte, Jay & Suzanne Robinson, Beth & Steve Borgmann, Creighton University, Don & Rita Otis, Ike &, Roz Friedman Foundation, James Monen, Jill & Terry Petersen, Teri & Carl Gumbiner, Larry Karstens, Jean Ann Ballinger & Ward Peters, Marie & Jack Kubat, Ted & Polly Hoff, Allan & Janie Murow, Dr. Peter & Michele Silberstein, Susan A. Scherl, In Memory of Thomas P. Albers (Karen Albers), Rick & Robin Putnam, Shane & David Kotok, Joan Squires, In Memory of Howard Silber (Sissy Katelman Silber), Anne & Bruce Shackman, Sandra & Brian Zdan, Robert M. Patterson, Brian & Carey Hamilton, Leslie Kuhnel & James Somers, Rich & Mo Anderl, In Memory of Phil Willson (Sara Foxley), Susan & Steve McWhorter, John & Wende Kotouc, American National Bank, In Memory of Richard J. O'Brien (Renee O'Brien), Dusty & Marlina Davidson, Dave Jesteadt, Ilga Rauchut, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Gordman, Linda Burt & John Rebrovic, In Memory of Al & Kay Seline (Sue & Steve Seline), Rick Berkshire, In Memory of Charles V. Reed (BJ & Chris Reed)
Mary Wampler & Philip Bierman, In Memory of Snowball (Ellyn Grant), Thomas Malicki, Susy Westerholm, Bill & Monica Blizek, Bob & Carol Lynch, Jeanne Jaroch & John Thein, Ellie Archer, Dr. Duane & Helen Krause, Gordon & Joy Watanabe Family, Eileen Sawyers, James T. Shaw, In Honor of Vicki Deniston Reed, Kerry Dobson & Bruce Reneaud, In Memory of Joseph W. Brennan (Patricia Brennan), Cookie & Jerry Hoberman, Julie & Steve Kenney, Jeanne & Pat Salerno, Anne & Nick Baxter, Patty & Steve Nogg, Susan Thomas & Steve Hutchinson, Carolyn McNamara & John Wagner, Dede McFayden-Donahue & Pat Donahue, Howard & Gloria Kaslow, Sandy & Paul Epstein, Maxine & Joe Kirshenbaum, Tom & Marylu Gouttierre, Bill & Linda Pratt, Lorraine Chang & Eric Pearson, Marks Bistro, Bob Broom & Mary Clarkson, In Honor of David Jacobson (John & Joyce Passarelli), Bob & Mary Kay Gerken, Patterson Family Foundation, Mike & Kathy Gross, Christian & Debra Christensen, Richard Fellman, Lyle McIntosh, The Noddle Family, Jim & Jordana Glazer, Steven & Susan Rothe, Tom & Danielle Kenny, Diana Nevins, In Memory of Stuart Muskin (Mary-Beth & Bruce Muskin), Tom Marfisi, Dan & Kathy Surdell, Josh Stortz, Matt & Dani Herzog, Michael Carstens, Mary Ann Lamanna, Susan & Mary Stroesser, Mary Koraleski, In Honor of Rachel Jacobson (Mary & Tom Bernstein), Jim & Susan Tracy, Mary Beth & Mike Flanagan, McMillan's Antiques, Sheri Kennedy & Todd White, Emily & Craig Moody, Don & Maureen Mangan, Sharon Conlon & Jack Heidel, Rich & Fran Juro, Jackson Street Booksellers, Molly Romero, Katie & Justin Kemerling, Morgan & Walter Hecht, Patricia Will, Allen & Penny Henriksen
Steve & Peg Gibbs, Anne & Chris Cook, Carolyn & Peter Miller, TJ & Lauren Jones, Robert Murphy, Chad & Allison Vokoun, Bob & Molly Atherton, Lisa Couillard, Marie Murphy, Denise & Hobson Powell, Jay Lund, Shirley West, Becky Goldberg, Dana & Robert Jones, Joe D. Holm & Mary P. McHale, Linda & Brian Collins, Tom Richter, W. Chad Hall, Anne & Jeff Lieben, Stewart & Lisa Dale, Beth & Jim Griffith, Jacquie Montag, Jamie Vesay, Jane Erickson, Jerry & Sharon Mulliken, Mele Mason, Nancy Hornstein, Tony & Cathy Tauke, Kathi & Alan Rowch, Ellen Hargus, Shari Moseley, Tom & Jackee Wise, Vanessa Timberlake & Richard Flebbe, Kathleen & William Steinke, John McDevitt, Kathy Bigsby Moore & Craig Moore, Ann Etienne - Voila!, Barbara & Marshall Kushner, Carolyn Stern, Dr. Mike & Sharon Mendlick, Jaye & Gary Welch, Jim & Nancy Mulhall, Marilyn J. Erickson, Mary Lee Vacca, Ron & Meri Crampton, Sheryn & Arnold Joffe, Tom & Therese Rudersdorf, Aileen & BJ Tobin, In Memory of Helena Bell (James Bell), Cindy Andersen, Clo Ann Langdon, Dan & Deborah Gilg, Jason & Dannee Schroeder, Joan Cimpl, Lee & Howard Needelman, Lew & Pamela Hunter, Phyllis & Les Lawless, Jo Fankhauser, John & Cyndi Kugler, Dick & Mary Lynn Reiser, Gail & Irv Veitzer, George H. Lang, Jack White & Mary Hamilton, James A. & Laura Hale, Janet Mason West, Jeff & Jill Hanson, Linda & Robert Dempsey, Mark Rousseau, Mike & Anne Boyle, Nanci Kavich, In Memory of Michael Peters (Nancy & David Peters), Jennifer Hughes, Jerry & Susan Prazan, Bill & Maureen Kessler, Dave & Ann Burkholder In Memory of Alan Kulakofsky (Janie Kulakofsky), John & Anne Hall, Eileen Stark, Irene Jasper, Jared & Kristine Gerber, Kathy Dougherty, Mark & Connie Ware, Mary Maxwell, Tim & Deb Duggan, Tom & Angela Waples, In Honor of Todd & Betiana Simon (David & Dana Zucker), Frances Blumkin, Jim & Maureen Waldron, Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert, Mark Kremen & Constance Logan, In Honor of Peggy Payne (Tasie & Marilyn Abariotes), Dr. Merlyn Knudson & James Davis, Joe & Jean Wreschnig, Margery Morgan, Barbara & Jeffrey Popp, Jennifer & Bill Pospichal, "Michael J. Weaver, MD", Holly Schwietz, Monte & Duane Thompson, Tony & Claudia Deeb, David Danford & Jean Thierfelder, In Honor of Paula & Pam Cope (Gloria Jensen), Susie & Dennis Collins, Laura & John Iliff, Mary & Tom Kerr, Holly Herman & Jim Nolan, Mark & Dannette Eveloff, Stewart & Susie Smoler, Barbara & Howard Johnson, Adam Betts & Laura Lambrecht, Michael Skau, Rod Howe, Ron & Joyce Jones, Greg Searson, William & Marilee Kelly, Bonnie O'Connell, Bill & Paula Owen, Leonard J. Greenspoon, Melissa Pinch, Lynda Mirvish, Karen Berry & John Pollack, Judy Germonprez, John Tourek, John & Cheri Baker, James & Andree Smith, Abby Heithoff, Anita Young, Clifford Pountney, Gary Kerr, Joan Field, Kathy Graf Peterson & Michael Peterson, Michael McNealy, Rena Whitehouse, Robert Hoppe, Sara Adkisson-Joyner & Simon Joyner, Sue Epperson & Fred Nielsen, Jacqueline Caniglia, Marja Barger, Meg Noyes, Linda & Alan Muskin, Karen Wittler, Erin Sullivan, Debbie Hunsberger, Chris Headley, Barbara & William Mazurak, Eugenio Di Stefano & Tara Toscano, George Parkerson, Jeff & Julie Shields, Jesse & Eileen Fonseca, Julie Gottula & Brian Dean, Katherine Luers, Margaret Niebling, Nancy Hawekotte & James Becic, Todd Mercural, Eva Neufeld, Andrew Sullivan, Connor Willingham, John Kaye, Kevin Kups, Matthew Williams, Thaddaeus Immink, Daniel & Ellie Fitzgerald, Christy Thomas, Jacklyn Miller, Michael Bulduc, Philip Sparr