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About Ruth Sokolof (1925-1982)

Ruth Sokolof was many wonderful things to the numerous people whose lives she touched during her 56 years: cherished daughter, adored sister, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, dynamic educator, and helping hand to those in need.

Born in South Omaha in 1925, Ruth was the oldest of four children of Sam and Fanny Rosinsky. An avid reader, music lover and cinema fan, she often took her younger brothers to the now-defunct Roseland Theater for Saturday matinees. On a few weekends, she actually watched her future husband, Phil Sokolof, singing in contests held before the screenings.

A graduate of Central High School, Ruth earned degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Indiana before moving back to Omaha and marrying Phil in 1947. Together, they raised two children, Steve and Karen. Their grandchildren include Jennifer Javitch, Mark Javitch, Rachel Javitch, and Phil Sokolof.

A passionate educator, Ruth dedicated much of her life to helping children with disabilities. Starting out as a nursery school teacher at Beth El Synagogue, she was instrumental in establishing a pre-school for visually impaired students. The school later became part of Omaha's J.P. Lord School, where Ruth worked for many years. Her daughter Karen continued her mother's legacy of working with visually impaired students -- including many of the same children Ruth had taught when they were in pre-school.

Though diagnosed with cancer at age 26, Ruth's love for her family and zest for life guided her through all challenges. Her strength and determination allowed her to see the birth of two grandchildren, and enabled her to lead a life that to this day remains a source of inspiration to those she encountered.

Cinema Facts
  • Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater is the two-screen cinema that houses our programming.
  • Location: 14th & Mike Fahey Street (formerly Webster Street), Omaha (1 block west of the TD Ameritrade ballpark)
  • Architects: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture
  • Opened: July 27, 2007
  • Two theaters (206 and 96-seats)
  • 35mm platter and reel-to-reel projection systems in both theaters
  • DVD, Bluray, and digital High-Definition projection capabilities
  • Films show starting in the late afternoon/early evening Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and early afternoon Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
  • The cinema's theaters, lobby, and second-floor conference room are all available for daytime rentals. A kitchen sits adjacent to the lobby on the first floor and a kitchenette is available from the conference room on the second floor.
  • Our box office, lobby, both theaters, and restrooms are all wheel-chair  accessible.  
  • Lobby concessions include traditional movie theater treats (popcorn, candy, soft drinks), Blue Line Coffee, baked goods, wine, and beer. 
  • Take a look around.

To find out how you can contribute to Film Streams' programming at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, please visit our Support page.

  • Our entire facility is accessible by wheelchair. We can reserve space in our theaters for those using wheelchairs and their parties. Please call ahead at 402-933-0259 x15 to make such reservations.
  • Free, off-street parking with reserved spaces for those with disabilities is available in the lot behind our building, accessible from 14th Street between Cuming and Mike Fahey Streets. Metered spaces for those with disabilities are also available on the corner of 14th and Mike Fahey Streets.
  • The Ruth Sokolof Theater is equipped with the Fidelio wireless assisted listening devices for hearing or visually impaired. The Fidelio delivers descriptive narration for the visually impaired and or amplified sound for the hearing impaired. The system consists of a compact audio receiver with a plug-in headset, or you can bring in your own headset. Descriptive Narration availability is subject to the content made available from distributors. Not every film is enabled with the content necessary for descriptive narration. All film content is available with amplified sound through our Assisted Listening Devices (ALD).
  • We also have CaptiView devices, which transmits dialogue to a small easy-to-read personal screen which attaches right to your seat. The device features a privacy visor to prevent distractions to others in the auditorium. Closed captioning availability is subject to the content made available from distributors. Not every film is enabled with the content necessary for closed captioning. Please note that the equipment is subject to availability, and you may be asked to leave a form of ID to ensure the safe return of the equipment.
  • We play many foreign films, all of which are accompanied with English subtitles.
  • Unfortunately, film distributors rarely offer open captioned versions of first-run films. When available and if we are aware of interest, we will do our best to provide captioned versions of the first-run films we show. For requests, please contact the Operations Manager at 402.933.0259 x10.
  • We strive to ensure that all Film Streams patrons have a positive and enjoyable experience at our theater. If you or someone you know feels trepidation towards their visit, or simply wants to get a picture tour of our facilities, we encourage you to view the Film Streams Social Story. This Social Story is a tool to make going to the movies a little more predictable and gives a sneak peak as to what visitors can expect.


"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."