The Dundee Theater

For close to a century, a single screen in Omaha brought the magic of cinema to generations of filmgoers. From the silent era to the Golden Age to the emergence of international art films and rise of the American indie, the Dundee Theater played it all.

Film Streams

For close to a century, a single screen in Omaha brought the magic of cinema to generations of filmgoers. From the silent era to the Golden Age to the emergence of international art films and rise of the American indie, the Dundee Theater played it all.

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Restore

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.

Reimagine

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.

Revive

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.

Our Timeline:

Renovation work will progress throughout 2017. Our goal is to host a Grand Reopening by the end of the year.

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Help revive the
Dundee Theater.

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.

  • $10+

    • Online acknowledgment as a Dundee Theater Campaign Supporter
  • $100+

    All of the above, plus:

    • Recognition in Dundee Theater Grand Reopening materials
    • Advance purchase period for Dundee Theater opening week film(s)
  • $500+

    All of the above, plus:

    • On-screen recognition at the Dundee Theater as a Campaign Supporter
  • $1,000+

    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
  • $5,000+

    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
  • $10,000+

    All of the above, plus:

    • Tickets for 4 to Grand Reopening event + reserved seating
    • Pre-opening hard-hat tour of the Dundee Theater
  • $25,000+

    All of the above, plus:

    • Permanent recognition on our Dundee Theater Donor Wall installation

To discuss additional naming opportunities or multi-year pledges, please contact Rachel Jacobson, FIlm Streams Founder/Executive Director, at (402) 933-0259 ext. 12 or rachel@filmstreams.org.

Many, many thanks to the following donors for their support of our dundee theater campaign!

The Sherwood Foundation, Weitz Family Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Anonymous, Karen & Jim Linder, Annette & Paul Smith, Katie Weitz, PhD, Betiana & Todd Simon, Cindy & Scott Heider, Susan & Mike Lebens, First National Bank, Meredith & Drew Weitz, Gerry & Bruce Lauritzen, Cindy & Mogens Bay, Anne Thorne Weaver, Sam Walker, Sharee & Murray Newman, Tina & Dan Lonergan, Nancy & Mike McCarthy, Sue & Chris Behr, Jim & Kathy Simpson, Alexander Payne, Deborah A. Macdonald, Ann & Ken Stinson, Hamann Family Fund, Laura & Michael Alley, Kutak Rock LLP, Maria & Jeff Sauvageau, Kevin M. McCarthy, Maggie & Bob Mundy, Nancy & David Jacobson, Joel, Nancy, Claire & Daniel Schlessinger, Esther & Dan Brabec, Friedland Family Foundation, Richard Brooke Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, Lou Anne Rinn, Norman and Frances Batt Family Fund, Bunny & Larry Buss, Martha & David Slosburg

Becker Family Foundation, Terrie & John Ringwalt, Pape Family Foundation, Mogens Knudsen, Sokolof Family Foundation, Sarah & Adam Yale, Pinnacle Bank, Carol Gendler, Peggy C. Payne, Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Gary & Sally Kaplan, Amy Haddad & Steven Martin, Baer Foundation, John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation, Security National Bank, JK Barker Foundation, Mark Hoeger & Jane Erdenberger, The Gifford Foundation, Tina & John Cherica, Laurie Smith Camp, Jim & Diny Landen, Dr. Lou Lukas, Senator Ben & Mrs. Diane Nelson, Hal & Ashlee Koch, Henry A. Davis, Jeanne & William Penry, Linda & Tim Daugherty, Tim & Jonna Holland, Streck, Inc., Don & Andi Goldstein, Matt & Donna Johnson, Emily & Clark Lauritzen, Echo Group Inc., Jackie & Terry Kroeger, Joanie & Richard Jacobson, Rachel Jacobson & Stephen Osberg, John Detisch & Hillary Nather-Detisch, Landen Family, Jane Alseth, Don & Rita Otis, Kurt Andersen & Anne Kreamer, Phyllis Aronson, Roger & Jody duRand, Deryl & Ramona Hamann, Sheri Kennedy & Todd White, Zach & Melissa Nipper, Heike & Adam Langdon, Jay Lund, Anne & Jim Carroll

BJ & Chris Reed, Josie Metal-Corbin & David Corbin, Rick & Laura Roccaforte, Eric Bunderson, Jay & Suzanne Robinson, Beth & Steve Borgmann, Creighton University, 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 Scherl, 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, American National Bank, John & Wende Kotouc, Renee O'Brien, Dave Jesteadt, Dusty & Marlina Davidson, Ilga Rauchut, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Gordman, Linda Burt & John Rebrovic, Rick Berkshire, Sue & Steve Seline, Cynthia Strauss & Harry Sherr, In Memory of Nicholas Petrow (Helen Petrow), Shari Hofschire, Bob & Debbie Bezousek, Carrie & Ed May, In Memory of Jim Heller (Nancy Heller), All Makes Office Equipment, Amy L. Scott Family Foundation, Patti Tu, Peter & Jennifer Manhart, Callahan Financial Planning Co., In Memory of Annette Beers (Jerrod Anzalone), Aaron & Robin Shaddy, The Barker Family, In Honor of Reverend Admiral Scott Jordan (Abby Jordan), Sandi & Bill Bruns, Jody & Buzz Malashock, Congdon Family, Katina & Joe Rogers, Devin J. Fox, In Memory of George Miller (Brenda, Meg & Betsy), Daphne & Bruce Aronson, Jason & Sarah Helvey, Scott & Julie Cobb, In Memory of Steve Sokolof (Karen & Gary Javitch), In Memory of Shon Harris (Kathy Conlon), In Honor of Rachel Jacobson (Anne & Arnold Weitz), Gary Marshall & Ilka Oberst, Louis Pachman & Allison Latenser, Pamela Griffin, Philip & Cynthia Lee, Neil Sandhoefner, Jun & Ree Kaneko, Steve Kenyon & Mary Stolinski, Jeffrey Schrager & Anne York, Kim Kalkowski & Robert Ottemann, Kimberly Grassmeyer, Linda Bors, Bonness Family, George & Jill Morrissey, Matthew & Tsui Ling Martin, Sylvia B. Cohn/Rose Blumkin Foundation, Elizabeth Collins, Susan & Dan Rock, Denise & Hobson Powell, Bree & Jason MacTaggart, Gary & Kathy Ensz, Tim Higgins & Patty Zieg

Bill & Monica Blizek, Mary Wampler & Philip Bierman, In Memory of Snowball (Ellyn Grant), Thomas Malicki, Susy Westerholm, Bob & Carol Lynch, Jeanne Jaroch & John Thein, Ellie Archer, Dr. Duane & Helen Krause, Gordon & Joy Watanabe Family, Eileen Sawyers, In Honor of Vicki Deniston Reed, James T. Shaw, 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, Dede McFayden-Donahue & Pat Donahue, Howard & Gloria Kaslow, Carolyn McNamara & John Wagner, 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 and Joyce Passarelli), Bob & Mary Kay Gerken, Patterson Family Foundation, Mike & Kathy Gross, Christian & Debra Christensen, Richard Fellman, The Noddle Family, Lyle McIntosh, Rich & Tracy Stanko, Peggy Reinecke & Dean Arkfeld, Rocky Lewis, Bob Benzel & Gerry Sullivan, Sandy & John Lehr, Dr. Douglas & Karen Brouillette, Dr. Debra Reilly-Culver & Bob Culver, Bill Minier & Becky Anderson, Margaret Kirkeby, Julie Schroeder, Lynne MacDonald & Christine Smith, Jim and Jordana Glazer, Steven and Susan Rothe, Diana Nevins, Tom & Danielle Kenny, 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, Steve & Leslie Bogue, John & Anna May, Stephanie Moore, Joanne & Jerry Freeman, Donna Walsh & Grant Lippincott, Emspace, Inc., Daniel & Ellie Fitzgerald, Anne & Jeff Lieben, Emily & Craig Moody, Don & Maureen Mangan, Sharon Conlon & Jack Heidel, Rich & Fran Juro, Lowell & Donna Wilhite, Rick & Connie Spellman, Tom & Susie Baechle, Carl & Belinda Greiner, Jackson Street Booksellers, Molly Romero, Katie & Justin Kemerling, Morgan & Walter Hecht, Kathleen & Charles Smith, Mike & Sara Comstock, Dennis & Marilyn Mailliard, Patricia Will, Allen, Penny & Hayley Henriksen, Jo Bartikoski & Don Westling, Marti Frazer, Steve & Peg Gibbs

Anne & Chris Cook, Carolyn & Peter Miller, TJ & Lauren Jones, Robert Murphy, Chad & Allison Vokoun, Bob & Molly Atherton, Denise & Hobson Powell, Lisa Couillard, Marie Murphy, Shirley West, Becky Goldberg, W. Chad Hall, Linda & Brian Collins, Joe D. Holm & Mary P. McHale, Dana & Robert Jones, Tom Richter, 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, John McDevitt, Kathy Bigsby Moore & Craig Moore, Kathleen & William Steinke, Aileen & BJ Tobin, Sheryn & Arnold Joffe, Barbara & Marshall Kushner, Carolyn Stern, Jaye & Gary Welch, In Memory of Helena Bell (James Bell), Jim & Nancy Mulhall, Marilyn J. Erickson, Mary Lee Vacca, Ron & Meri Crampton, Dr. Mike & Sharon Mendlick, Tom & Therese Rudersdorf, Ann Etienne - Voila!, Cindy Andersen, Clo Ann Langdon, Jason & Dannee Schroeder, Dan & Deborah Gilg, Jo Fankhauser, Joan Cimpl, Lee & Howard Needelman, Lew & Pamela Hunter, Phyllis & Les Lawless, John & Cyndi Kugler, Mike & Anne Boyle, In Memory of Michael Peters (Nancy & David Peters), Dick & Mary Lynn Reiser, George H. Lang, Gail & Irv Veitzer, Janet Mason West, Jennifer Hughes, Jerry & Susan Prazan, Jeff & Jill Hanson, James A. & Laura Hale, Linda & Robert Dempsey, Mark Rousseau, Jack White & Mary Hamilton, Nanci Kavich, John & Anne Hall, Dave & Ann Burkholder, In Memory of Alan Kulakofsky (Janie Kulakofsky), Bill & Maureen Kessler, Eileen Stark, In Honor of Todd & Betiana Simon (David and Dana Zucker), Irene Jasper, Kathy Dougherty, Jared & Kristine Gerber, Mark & Connie Ware, Mary Maxwell, Tim & Deb Duggan, Tom & Angela Waples, Frances Blumkin, Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert, Mark Kremen & Constance Logan, Jim & Maureen Waldron, In Honor of Peggy Payne (Tasie & Marilyn Abariotes), Joe & Jean Wreschnig, Dr. Merlyn Knudson & James Davis, Margery Morgan, Holly Schwietz, Barbara & Jeffrey Popp, Jennifer & Bill Pospichal, Michael J. Weaver, MD, Monte & Duane Thompson, Tony & Claudia Deeb, In Honor of Paula & Pam Cope (Gloria Jensen), David Danford & Jean Thierfelder, Susie & Dennis Collins, In Honor of Logan Galavez, 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, Bonnie O'Connell, Greg Searson, William & Marilee Kelly, Bill & Paula Owen, Leonard J. Greenspoon, Edmund & Elaine Russell, Joan Clements, Kate Bradley, Kim Sosin, Paula Cope, George & Margaret Johnson, Susan Ann Koenig, Phil & Jane Meyer, Carol & John Higgins, Judy Torrens, Tom & Ellen Houston, Bonnie K. Horwich, Carol Peterson, Bruce Lockwood & Brad Agosta, Anne & Jerry Kotlik, Dawni Freeman, Mary Beth & Jim Winner, Grandjudy Slater, Terry Calek & Lee Polikov, Amy Barker, Carol H. Kolar, Gabriella G. Castro, Lauren & Tony Kincaid, Paula & Bill Owen, Tim & Pam Lammers, Ted, Nicole, Madeleine & Clara Wheeler, Gary Emenitove & Michael Jones, Connie White, Steven Hultman & Mary Anne Kuhr, Tom & Sue Friedman, Skip & Carol Legge, Clare & Duane Baylor, Lisa & Dan Kammerer, Virginia Davidsaver, Debbi & Speedy Zweiback, Melissa Pinch, Abby Heithoff, John Tourek, Joan Field, Rena Whitehouse, Robert Hoppe & John Hall, Sara Adkisson-Joyner & Simon Joyner, Clifford Pountney, John & Cheri Baker, Gary Kerr, Karen Berry & John Pollack, Kathy Graf Peterson & Michael Peterson, James & Andree Smith, Lynda Mirvish, Michael McNealy, Judy Germonprez, Sue Epperson & Fred Nielsen, Anita Young, Dale Johnson, In Honor of Beckett L.S. (Jeff Alessandrelli), Mary Thomsen, Bob Rose & Kathleen Crawford-Rose, Chris & Barbara Stratman, Marja Barger, Jacqueline Caniglia, Andrea Shahan, Eugenio Di Stefano and Tara Toscano, Todd Mercural, Nancy Hawekotte & James Becic, Katherine Luers, George Parkerson, Chris Headley, Erin Sullivan, Meg Noyes, Jesse & Eileen Fonseca, Julie Gottula & Brian Dean, Barbara & William Mazurak, Karen Wittler, Linda & Alan Muskin, Margaret Niebling, Debbie Hunsberger, Jeff & Julie Shields, Janette & Michael Gilbert, Sarah & Tyler Wisecup, Andrew Sherburne, Brooke Masek, CK Duryea, Cynthia Gehrie, Jeff Tafolla, Marian Fey, Nancy Johnson, Connor Willingham, John Kaye, Matthew Williams, Andrew Sullivan, Kevin Kups, Eva Neufeld, Lizz Dyer & Katie Brown, Ellen Gray Garaffa, Jeanne DeMars, Martha Weiss, Rick Peterson, Melissa Wood, Thaddaeus Immink, Jacklyn Miller, Philip Sparr, Michael Bulduc, Christy Thomas, Bryan Hoffart, Mark Bingham, Julie & Peter Crotty-Guile, Patricia J. Blake, PhD