I don’t think in a million years I expected the news I’m about to report. It’s too good. It’s impossibly good. It’s so good I had to make sure I was reading it right before reaction. Film Streams, one of the best things to ever happen to Omaha in my book, has been given The Dundee Theater by The Sherwood Foundation. If you need some time, take it. I know I did. My first cover story ever was about The Dundee and its history. The now 91-year-old theater has sat in shoddy shape along Dodge Street for years now, depressing me a bit every time I passed it. That was where I fell in love with movies. That’s where I saw Pulp Fiction and my first midnight screening of anything. Just knowing that Rachel Jacobsen (who is still Omaha’s Furiosa to me) and her crew are going to be saving it brings a tear to my eye. But I’m actually more excited for what this means in terms of access to movies. Y’all, The Ruth Sokolof Theater has two screens. Two. One is typically showing an older film. That means that, in all of Omaha, we really had ONE screen dedicated to current indie/art/foreign films. One. We will now have two. That may not seem like a huge increase, but it literally means doubling the opportunity to see stuff. Rachel already told the Omaha World Herald that was part of the drive behind this move; not just to save a piece of Omaha’s cinematic history but to give us more good stuff. See, she’s totally Furiosa. It’s gonna cost hella dollars to renovate (cough, donate to Film Streams, cough), and the target is 2018 for bringing the Dundee back to life. Every day from now until the day those doors open, I’ll smile when I pass that spot on Dodge, knowing that a mini-miracle is on its way. Hey, Film Streams, as a guy who fell in love with movies in this city in that exact spot: Thank you so so so much.
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