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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.


"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."