Dundee Theatre

4952 Dodge Street,
Omaha, NE 68132

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Dundee Theatre

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Once one of the many single-screen theatres in the city of Omaha, the Dundee Theatre has out lived them all (not to mention a few multiplexes). Originally opened as a stage theatre, it was converted into a movie house in the 1930’s, although the original stage, dressing rooms, and even the gold curtains can all be found right behind the Dundee Theatre’s huge single-panel screen. Originally, seating was provided for 591.

In 1958, the Dundee Theatre was acquired by Cooper Theatres and under their ownership the theatre played mostly foreign movies until 1965, when it ran “The Sound of Music” for 118 weeks. After a few more tries at playing long-running musicals, the theatre switched back to playing foreign movies, and is often mistaken as being one of the many porno-movie houses in the area at that time. In reality it was actually playing films like Ingmar Bergman’s “Cries and Whispers” and Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord”.

In 1974, Cooper Theatres ceased their theatre operations and sold the Dundee Theatre to two Omaha businesssmen, who planned to convert the theatre into a family-friendly theatre. This failed and the theatre closed for a time before being purchased by the current owner, Denny Moran in 1980.

Under Moran’s ownership the Dundee Theatre has undergone extensive renovations, including the installation of state-of-art sound system and high quality projection equipement. The Dundee Theatre has been operating since 1980 exclusively as an Art and independent theatre, running a daily regular engagement and special midnight screenings of classic and cult movies every Friday and Saturday night. In recent times I have seen “North By Northwest”, “Dr. Strangelove”, “Hard Day’s Night”, and many others.

It is a great attraction for the neighborhood and Omaha’s last single-screen theater.

The Dundee Theatre was closed in early-April 2013 for renovations to be carried out, and is due to re-open in 2015.

Contributed by Tom Jacobs, Jeremy Kruse

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

cswa913102 on October 24, 2005 at 8:52 pm

Saw “Far From The Madding Crowd” there in 1968 with my senior English class from Fremont High.

Was back in town in 1972 or so and saw “Young Winston” there.

beardbear31 on November 10, 2005 at 4:47 pm

I saw “Casablanca” there in the early 90’s…The film was not in focus, and also was not centered on the screen :–(

beardbear31 on November 3, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I’d say it’s accurate, I didn’t find anything otherwise after reading the listing

drivein2001 on February 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm

A Photo I took in Nov of 2007..
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RAC Photography

TorstenAdair on January 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

“Theater Houses ‘Round Town” Omaha World-Herald (NE) – Sunday, June 16, 1985


4952 Dodge St., 551 – 3595. One screen. Tickets are $2 for showings that start before 6 p.m., otherwise $3.75 except $3 for students, $2 for those younger than 13 or older than 61. Matinees on weekends and major holidays, and during summer and winter school vacations."

TorstenAdair on April 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm


“Dundee Theatre to close for renovations”

“Built in 1925 as a vaudeville house, the Dundee will continue life as a venue for independent arthouse movies when it reopens sometime around the holidays or in early 2014, Moran said Wednesday.”

NamesAsh on August 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm


“Moran said he had no firm timeline on when the work would be accomplished, but he now expects the theater’s reopening to be sometime in 2015.”

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