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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, Holland Foundation, Weitz Family Foundation, Karen & Jim Linder, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Robert B. Daugherty Foundation , Annette & Paul Smith, Bunny & Larry Buss, Cindy & Scott Heider, Susan & Mike Lebens, Betiana & Todd Simon, Katie Weitz, PhD, First National Bank, Cindy & Mogens Bay, Gerry & Bruce Lauritzen, Anne Thorne Weaver, Meredith & Drew Weitz, Kate & Roger Weitz, Sue & Chris Behr, Hamann Family Fund, Tina & Dan Lonergan, Deborah A. Macdonald, Nancy & Mike McCarthy, Sharee & Murray Newman, Alexander Payne, Jim & Kathy Simpson, Ann & Ken Stinson, Sam Walker, Laura & Michael Alley, Sokolof Family Foundation, Maria & Jeff Sauvageau, Esther & Dan Brabec, Jane Huerter & Dick Jeffries, Norman and Frances Batt Family Fund, Friedland Family Foundation, Nancy & David Jacobson, Kevin M. McCarthy, Maggie & Bob Mundy, Richard Brooke Foundation, Lou Anne Rinn, Joel, Nancy, Claire & Daniel Schlessinger, Martha & David Slosburg, Union Pacific Foundation, Kutak Rock LLP, Becker Family Foundation, Terrie & John Ringwalt, Pape Family Foundation
Mogens Knudsen, Baer Foundation, Sherry Brown, Ronald Cohn, Carol Gendler, Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Amy Haddad & Steven Martin, John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation, Gary & Sally Kaplan, Peggy C. Payne, Pinnacle Bank, The Riekes Family Foundation, Sarah & Adam Yale, Bill & Deanne Fairfield/G.M.S. Werks, Security National Bank, JK Barker Foundation, Robin & Aaron Shaddy, Mark Hoeger & Jane Erdenberger , Jane Alseth, Tina & John Cherica, Linda & Tim Daugherty, Henry A. Davis, Roger B. Devor, Echo Group Inc., In Honor of David Jacobson (Catherine & Terry Ferguson), The Gifford Foundation, Giger Foundation, Don & Andi Goldstein , Danielle & Jeff Gordman, Tim & Jonna Holland, Richard & Joanie Jacobson, Matt & Donna Johnson, Hal & Ashlee Koch, Jackie & Terry Kroeger, Diny & Jim Landen, Emily & Clark Lauritzen, Dr. Lou Lukas, Senator Ben & Mrs. Diane Nelson, Parker Family Foundation, Jeanne & William Penry, April Shaughnessy, Laurie Smith Camp, Streck, Inc., Prima Distribution, Holly & Bruce Hoberman, Carolyn Owen Anderson, Ann & Ed Batchelder, Rachel Jacobson & Stephen Osberg, John Detisch & Hillary Nather-Detisch, Don & Rita Otis, Landen Family, The Family of Bob & Jean Andersen, Phyllis Aronson, Roger & Jody duRand, Ramona & Deryl Hamann, Sue & Steve Seline, Zach & Melissa Nipper, Linda Burt & John Rebrovic, Sheri Kennedy & Todd White, In Honor of Peggy Payne (Tasie & Marilyn Abariotes), Anne & Jim Carroll, Heike & Adam Langdon, Jay Lund, Tom & Patti Peterson, Denise & Hobson Powell
In Memory of Thomas P. Albers (Karen Albers), All Makes, American National Bank, Amy L. Scott Family Foundation, Rich & Mo Anderl, Marian Andersen, In Memory of Annette Beers (Jerrod Anzalone), Daphne & Bruce Aronson, Jean Ann Ballinger & Ward Peters, The Barker Family, Ann B. Beeder, Rick Berkshire, Bob & Debbie Bezousek, Bonness Family , Steve & Beth Borgmann, Linda Bors, Dr. Aaron & Allison Bredenkamp, Sandi & Bill Bruns, Eric Bunderson, Dr. Daniel & Diana Byrd, Callahan Financial Planning Co., Joan Carnaby, Suzanne & Ward Chambers, Scott & Julie Cobb, Elizabeth Collins, Congdon Family , William & Silvia Conley, In Memory of Shon Harris (Kathy Conlon), Josie Metal-Corbin & David Corbin, Creighton University, Mary & Kurt Davey, Dusty & Marlina Davidson, Susan Devroy Adams & Charles M. Adams, LaShonna Dorsey, Jenny & Brian Doyle, Dundee Bank, Gary & Kathy Ensz, Dr. David & Judi Finkle, Katherine Finnegan & David Gilinsky, Devin J. Fox, In Memory of Phil Willson (Sara Foxley), Rita & Ivan Gilreath, Julie & Bennett Ginsberg, Nelson & Linda Gordman, JoAnn & Jim Gould Family, Kimberly Grassmeyer, Pamela Griffin, Mike & Kathy Gross, Teri & Carl Gumbiner, Cynthia Hadsell, Brian & Carey Hamilton, In Memory of Kay Francis Appel, In Memory of Jim Heller (Nancy Heller), Jason & Sarah Helvey, Tim Higgins & Patty Zieg, Ted & Polly Hoff, Shari Hofschire, Robyn & David Hubbard, Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation, Barbara Jessing & Tim Butz, Dave Jesteadt, In Honor of Reverend Admiral Scott Jordan, Jun & Ree Kaneko, Larry Karstens, Ruth & Jim Keene, Mary Stolinski & Steve Kenyon, Dennis & Claire Kirlin, Aaron & Leigh Koehn, Shane & David Kotok, John & Wende Kotouc, Marie & Jack Kubat, Leslie Kuhnel & James Somers, Sandy Lane & Garrett Brucker, Louis Pachman & Allison Latenser, Philip & Cynthia Lee, Bree & Jason MacTaggart, Jody & Buzz Malashock, Peter & Jennifer Manhart, Gary Marshall & Ilka Oberst, Matthew & Tsui Ling Martin, Linda Matson Andersen, Carrie & Ed May, Chuck Reed & Anne McCormick, Susan & Steve McWhorter, James Monen, George & Jill Morrissey, In Memory of George Miller (Brenda, Meg & Betsy), Allan & Janie Murow, Vicki Nanfito, In Memory of Richard J. O'Brien (Renee O'Brien), Don & Connie Osborne, Kim Kalkowski & Robert Ottemann, Erika Overturff & Brandon Dickerson, Lisa & Tyler Owen, Robert M. Patterson, In Memory of Michael Peters (David, Nancy, Liz & Sam Peters), Dirk & Jan Petersen, Jill & Terry Petersen, In Memory of Nicholas Petrow (Helen Petrow), Perry & Eloise Poyner, Rick & Robin Putnam, Ilga Rauchut, Berna, Jason and Anthony Ravitz & Jessica Ravitz Cherof, In Memory of Charles V. Reed (BJ & Chris Reed), Carol & Fred Richart, Jay & Suzanne Robinson, Todd Robinson & Cheryle Manasil, Rick & Laura Roccaforte, Susan & Dan Rock, Katina & Joe Rogers, Sylvia B. Cohn/Rose Blumkin Foundation, Teresa & Andy Ruback, Neil Sandhoefner, Jaros Family Foundation, Susan A. Scherl, David & Nola Schettler, Jeffrey Schrager & Anne York, Anne & Bruce Shackman, In Memory of Howard Silber (Sissy Katelman Silber), Dr. Peter & Michele Silberstein, Dara Spivack, Joan Squires, Cynthia Strauss & Harry Sherr, Jorge E. Sotolongo & Joanna Teevan, Patti Tu, In Honor of Rachel Jacobson (Anne & Arnie Weitz), Mike & Brenda Whealy, Slappy Chalmers, John & Mary Windle, Sandra & Brian Zdan
Steven & Susan Rothe, Bill & Monica Blizek, Ellie Archer, Anne & Nick Baxter, Patty & Woody Bradford, In Memory of Joseph W. Brennan (Patricia Brennan), Bob Broom & Mary Clarkson, Dr. Douglas & Karen Brouillette, Kim & John Buckley, Christian & Debra Christensen, Dr. Debra Reilly-Culver & Bob Culver, Sandy & Paul Epstein, Richard Fellman, Bob Fischbach, Bob & Mary Kay Gerken, Patrick Goodin, Rick Shever & Mark Goodman, Tom & Marylu Gouttierre, Ellyn Grant, Rosalyn Hansen, Jesse Harding, Cookie & Jerry Hoberman, In Honor of David Jacobson (Sara Jacobson), Jeanne Jaroch & John Thein, Howard & Gloria Kaslow, Julie & Steve Kenney, Margaret Kirkeby, Maxine & Joe Kirshenbaum, Dr. Duane & Helen Krause, Sandy & John Lehr, Rocky Lewis, Bob & Carol Lynch, Mary & Jerry Mahoney, Thomas Malicki, Marks Bistro, Dede McFayden-Donahue & Pat Donahue, Lyle McIntosh, Craig & Heather Meier, Bill Minier & Becky Anderson, Daniel & Shirley Neary, The Noddle Family, Patty & Steve Nogg, Anonymous, Chris & Kathy Olson, In Honor of David Jacobson (John & Joyce Passarelli), Patterson Family Foundation, Lorraine Chang & Eric Pearson, Bill & Linda Pratt, In Honor of Vicki Deniston Reed, Peggy Reinecke & Dean Arkfeld, Kerry Dobson & Bruce Reneaud, Jeanne & Pat Salerno, Eileen Sawyers, Julie Schroeder, James T. Shaw, Magan Smith, NEXT Recruiting , Catherine & Lawrence Sosso, Rich & Tracy Stanko, Bob Benzel & Gerry Sullivan, Susan Thomas & Steve Hutchinson, Carolyn McNamara & John Wagner, Mary Wampler & Philip Bierman, Gordon & Joy Watanabe Family, Susy Westerholm, John Wilhelm, Layne & Pam Yahnke, Kristin & Hadi Zahra, Lynne MacDonald & Christine Smith, Jim & Jordana Glazer, Tom & Danielle Kenny, Michelle & Michael Morrison, In Memory of Stuart Muskin (Mary-Beth & Bruce Muskin), Diana Nevins, Dr. Jonathan & Beth Benjamin-Alvarado, In Honor of Rachel Jacobson (Mary & Tom Bernstein), Steve & Leslie Bogue, Michael Carstens, Terry & Judy Doyle, McMillan's Antiques, Emspace, Inc., Mary Beth & Mike Flanagan, Joanne & Jerry Freeman, Matt & Dani Herzog, Millicent & Jerry Johnson, Mary Koraleski, Mike Krainak & Janet Farber, Mary Ann Lamanna, Tom Marfisi, John & Anna May, Stephanie Moore, Dan & Ann Murphy, Tom Schatz, Josh Stortz, Susan & Mary Stroesser, Kathy & Dan Surdell, Jim & Susan Tracy, Donna Walsh & Grant Lippincott, Nikki Zimmerman, Daniel & Ellie Fitzgerald, Tom & Susie Baechle, Michael Gallner, Gary & Lisa Gotsdiner, Sharon Conlon & Jack Heidel, Jay Worden & Tim Held, Rich & Fran Juro, Catherine Lang & John Conley, Anne & Jeff Lieben, Monnie Lindsay, Don & Maureen Mangan, Emily & Craig Moody, Bill & Paula Owen, Rick & Connie Spellman, Lowell & Donna Wilhite, Jennie Gates Beckman, Carl & Belinda Greiner, Mike & Sara Comstock, Lenli Corbett, Jeff & Molly Ferris, Morgan & Walter Hecht, Jackson Street Booksellers, Katie & Justin Kemerling, Wendy & Lee Lundeen, Dennis & Marilyn Mailliard, Dr. Mark & Bonnie Gill Manhart, Molly Romero, Kathleen & Charles Smith, Anne & Chuck Trimble, Judith & Ed Brodnicki, Wendy & Bernie Monbouquette, Patricia Will, Allen, Penny & Hayley Henriksen, Marti Frazer, Steve & Peg Gibbs, Tom Viessman
Cindy Andersen, Robyn Andersen, Bob & Molly Atherton, Kali Baker, Amy, Bob & Helen Bartee, Clare & Duane Baylor, Thomas & Lee Belford, In Memory of Helena Bell (James Bell), Adam Betts & Laura Lambrecht, Frances Blumkin, Mike & Anne Boyle, Kate Bradley, Alex Bruzzano, Dave & Ann Burkholder, Terry Calek & Lee Polikov, Gabriella G. Castro, Joan Cimpl, Joan Clements, Marty Cohen, Linda & Brian Collins, Susie & Dennis Collins, Anne & Chris Cook, Paula Cope, Lisa Couillard, Omaha Movie Group, Ron & Meri Crampton, Stewart & Lisa Dale, Virginia Davidsaver, Rosemary & Michael Deane, Bethany DeCarolis, Tony & Claudia Deeb, Linda & Robert Dempsey, Kathy Dougherty, Susan Dowell, Tim & Deb Duggan, Gary Emenitove & Michael Jones, Marilyn J. Erickson, Jane Erickson, Mark & Dannette Eveloff, John & Trish Fahey, Jo Fankhauser, Ron & Mary A. Ferdig, Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert, Dawni Freeman, Tom & Sue Friedman, Jane Gehringer, Jackie & John Gerard, Jared & Kristine Gerber, Dan & Deborah Gilg, Becky Goldberg, Leonard J. Greenspoon, Elizabeth Greim, Beth & Jim Griffith, Stephen Grove, Mary Beth Gust, Judy & George Haecker, James A. & Laura Hale, John & Anne Hall, W. Chad Hall, Jack White & Mary Hamilton, Jeff & Jill Hanson, Ellen Hargus, Kimberly & Timothy Henze, Holly Herman & Jim Nolan, Frank & Jan Herzog, Carol & John Higgins, Nancy Hornstein, Bonnie K. Horwich, Tom & Ellen Houston, Rod Howe, Jennifer Hughes, Judy Hull, Steven Hultman & Mary Anne Kuhr, Lew & Pamela Hunter, Laura & John Iliff, Irene Jasper, In Honor of Paula & Pam Cope (Gloria Jensen), Sheryn & Arnold Joffe, Barbara & Howard Johnson, Dale E. Johnson, George & Margaret Johnson, Mary & Todd Johnson, Dana & Robert Jones, Ron & Joyce Jones, Lauren & TJ Jones, Lisa & Dan Kammerer, Nanci Kavich, William & Marilee Kelly, Mary & Tom Kerr, Bill & Maureen Kessler, Lauren & Tony Kincaid, Dr. Merlyn Knudson & James Davis, Susan Ann Koenig, Bob & Elizabeth Kokrda, Carol H. Kolar, Nick & Anastasia Koliopoulos & Family, Anne & Jerry Kotlik, Beverly Kracher & Jerry Stegeman, Mark Kremen & Constance Logan, John & Cyndi Kugler, In Memory of Alan Kulakofsky (Janie Kulakofsky), Barbara & Marshall Kushner, Tim & Pam Lammers, George H. Lang, Clo Ann Langdon, Phyllis & Les Lawless, Skip & Carol Legge, Ed Lindsay & Suzy Kratochvil, Bruce Lockwood & Brad Agosta, Mele Mason, Mary Maxwell, John McDevitt, Joe D. Holm & Mary P. McHale, Diane & Michael McKee, Kim McKelvey & Tri Pham, Sam & Alice Meisels, Dr. Mike & Sharon Mendlick, Phil & Jane Meyer, Paul Mileris & Robin Behlers, Peter & Carolyn Miller, Jacquie Montag, Craig Moore & Kathy Bigsby Moore, Margery Morgan, Yana Morgan, Shari Moseley, Jim & Nancy Mulhall, Jerry & Sharon Mulliken, Marie Murphy, Robert Murphy, Patrick Murray & Jeanne Schuler, Lee & Howard Needelman, Bonnie O'Connell, Linda K. Ohri & Carl T. Wirth, Carol Peterson, Lane, Mandy, & Maira, Jeff & Barb Popp, Jennifer & Bill Pospichal, Jerry & Susan Prazan, In Honor of Logan Galavez, Dick & Mary Lynn Reiser, Tom Richter, Gary & Debbie Rosenberg, Susan Rothholz, Mark Rousseau, Kathi & Alan Rowch, Tom & Therese Rudersdorf, Edmund & Elaine Russell, Jason & Dannee Schroeder, Holly Schwietz, Greg Searson, Michael Skau, Grandjudy Slater, Verde Martin, Inc., Stewart & Susie Smoler, Kim Sosin, Eileen Stark, Kathleen & William Steinke, Carolyn Stern, Dr. Jeffrey Stormberg, Rhonda & Wayne Stuberg, Tony & Cathy Tauke, Don & Katie Taylor, David Danford & Jean Thierfelder, Duane & Monte Thompson, Vanessa Timberlake & Richard Flebbe, BJ & Aileen Tobin, Judy Torrens, Iowana Farm, Mary Lee Vacca, Gail & Irv Veitzer, Jamie Vesay, Ann Etienne - Voila!, Chad & Allison Vokoun, Pat & Judd Wagner, Jim & Maureen Waldron, Harlow & Auggie Walker, Tom & Angela Waples, Mark & Connie Ware, Michael J. Weaver, MD, Jaye & Gary Welch, Janet Mason West, Shirley West, Ted, Nicole, Madeleine & Clara Wheeler, Connie White, Mary Beth & Jim Winner, Tom & Jackee Wise, Caren & Mark Woodruff, Joe & Jean Wreschnig, In Honor of Todd & Betiana Simon (David & Dana Zucker), Debbi & Speedy Zweiback, Melissa Pinch, Barbara Miller, In Honor of Beckett L.S. 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Blake, PhD, Michael Bulduc, Julie Crotty-Guile & Peter Guile, In Honor of Marilyn Tipp (Tuffy & Helen Epstein), Bryan Hoffart, Jacklyn Miller, Philip Sparr, John Sweeney, Christy Thomas