Dundee Theater

4952 Dodge Street,
Omaha, NE 68132

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2014 at 7:55 pm

This item from the May 30, 1925, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review is surely about the Dundee Theatre:

“Archt. — John & Alan McDonald, 2nd flr., Standard Oil Bldg., Omaha, Nebr., drawing plans on Theatre (M.P.), $50,000; 2 sty. & bas., 50 x 128, at 50th & Dodge. Owner— A. R. Hansen, 4901 Dodge, Omaha, Nebr. Drawing plans.”
The Dundee Theatre opened on December 19, 1925. It had a four-manual Hillgreen-Lane organ to accompany the silent movies that were its primary fare. Quite a few Internet sources say that the Dundee opened as a vaudeville theater, but in this suburban neighborhood location this fairly small house would have operated primarily as a movie theater, probably bringing in a few vaudeville acts as an occasional added attraction.

The archives of The Omaha World-Herald have this (partial) ad published the day before the theater opened.

The father and son team of John and Alan McDonald were among Omaha’s leading architects of the period. Hansen’s decision to give them the commission for this theater was an indication that he was well aware of the need to impress his potential patrons, the residents of this well-to-do enclave, with something more than an ordinary neighborhood movie house.

barb_310
barb_310 on October 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Back in the 40’s when I was a kid my brother and I took our 12 cents for a ticket and 5 cents for popcorn to the Dundee Theatre and watched Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, or the Lone Ranger every Saturday morning. We couldn’t wait to get there because many of those movies were serials so we had to keep coming back. The place was packed and we had so much fun!

NamesAsh
NamesAsh on August 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

http://www.omaha.com/go/dundee-theater-will-open-again-says-owner/article_19c9b656-3072-53d2-acae-c332ef685e87.html

“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.”

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair on April 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130403/GO/130409849/1696#dundee-theatre-to-close-for-renovations

“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.”

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair on January 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

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

“Dundee

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."

drivein2001
drivein2001 on February 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm

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

beardbear31
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

beardbear31
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 :–(

cswa913102
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.