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What is Film Streams
Established in 2005, Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form.

Is “Film Streams” one word or two?
Most definitely two separate words: Film Streams.

Where does the name Film Streams come from?
The name Film Streams refers to both our beloved city of Omaha (which means “above all others on a stream”) and the film LOVE STREAMS by John Cassavetes.

What is the Ruth Sokolof Theater?
Opened in late July 2007, the Ruth Sokolof Theater is the two-screen cinema that houses Film Streams' programming. The theater is named in recognition of an early and generous gift from the Sokolof Foundation to the Film Streams Capital Campaign. The name honors the memory of long-time Omaha teacher Ruth Sokolof. Find out more about the Ruth Sokolof Theater here.

What types of movies do you show?
Our programming includes first-run films – new independents, documentaries, and foreign films making their theatrical premiere in the area – and repertory selections representing the diverse history of cinema. In addition to screening films throughout the week, we also host a variety of special events, including lectures, forums, Q&A sessions with film professionals, partnerships with other community groups on film-based events, and special screenings for area filmmakers.

How many screens are there? How many seats?
Our cinema has two theaters, one seating 206, the other 96.

How often do you show films?
Seven-days-a-week. We show films starting in the late afternoon Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and in the early afternoon on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

How much are tickets?
Tickets are $9 general admission, $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military, and bike commuters, and $4.50 for Film Streams Members. To find out more abotu the benefits of Film Streams Membership, please visit our Membership page.

How do I contact Film Streams?
Please see our Contact page for information on how to reach us.

What is Alexander Payne?s involvement?
An Omaha native, Alexander has been an incredible source of support for Film Streams from early on. In addition to serving on our Board of Directors, he curated our grand opening repertory series, a month-long run of his ten favorite films (July 27-August 30, 2007). He has been instrumental in all three of Film Streams' major fundraising events ("Feature"), personally inviting the special guests -- Laura Dern in 2008, Debra Winger in 2009, Steven Soderbergh in 2011, and Jane Fonda in 2012 -- and serving as both a moderator and speaker each year. 

Are you affiliated with Saddle Creek Records?
Yes, and no. As owners of the development that includes our cinema, Saddle Creek Records is, in a technical sense, our landlords. They’re also good friends, without whose support and leadership our downtown cinema project would not exist. In addition, Saddle Creek heads Jason Kulbel and Robb Nansel both serve on the Film Streams Advisory Board.

Do you have concessions?
Absolutely. In addition to traditional movie theater treats (including popcorn, candy, and soft drinks), our cinema proudly serves Blue Line Coffee, as well as some nontraditional theater treats.

Do you serve alcohol?
As of June 2010, we do. Patrons 21 and older can now purchase wine or beer at concessions.

How do you select films to show?
Generally speaking, we want to show films that are artistically interesting and/or socially relevant. For our first-run programming, we screen new independents, documentaries, and foreign films that meet that criteria and haven’t yet screened at other theaters in the Omaha-Council Bluffs region. Our repertory programming features films from throughout the history of cinema.

Do you show older movies?
Yes! Our repertory program features the best (and also some of the most overlooked) films produced during the century-long history of cinema, giving many people their first opportunities to experience various classic and contemporary films on the big screen.

What type of projection does your cinema have?
Our theaters are equipped with 35mm, DVD, and digital, High-Definition projection capabilities, as well as both platter and reel-to-reel systems.

Are you planning to host a festival?
We do not have plans to create our own film festival, but we are excited about working with existing events and encourage everyone to support the Omaha Film Festival.

Do you have plans to produce films?
No, our focus is on exhibiting films.

Do you sell tickets online?
Yes. You can purchase advance tickets either by visiting our Calendar section or clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link at the top of each page on our site.

Do you offer discounted ticket rates?
Yes. Member-priced tickets are $4.50. We also offer a $7 discounted ticket for seniors, students, teachers, military, and those arriving at the Ruth Sokolof Theater by bicycle. We also offer a discount on Senior, Student, Teacher and Military Memberships ($35).

How can I stay up to date on everything that's happening with Film Streams?
Sign up for our e-newsletter. We'll send you weekly news and updates about what's currently playing at the theater and what's ahead.

Do you have a membership program?
Yes! Memberships are a terrific way to support Film Streams while enjoying great benefits, including discounted tickets ($4.50 for members; $9 for non-members). Find out more by visiting our Membership page.

How do I make a donation?
Becoming a member is a wonderful way to support Film Streams? programming and operations. For more information about our Membership program, including our different levels and benefits, please click here. You can also make a 100% tax-deductible donation either online (click here) or by sending a check payable to: Film Streams, P.O. Box 8485, Omaha, NE 68108.

How do I volunteer?
Thanks for asking! Please see our Volunteer page for information on our volunteer opportunities and how to get involved.

How can I get on your mailing list?
Register here to receive mailings and updates from Film Streams.

Is your facility wheelchair accessible?

Yes, our box office, lobby, theaters, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.



What is your return/refund policy?
Tickets may be refunded until one week prior to the screening/event date. Tickets may be exchanged for another performance until 24 hours prior to the screening.  Within 24 hours of screening/event, no refunds or exchanges will be accepted.