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Make your pledge to the Benson Theatre’s capital campaign today!

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Donations can be made online or mailed to:

Benson Theatre
Attn: Amy Ryan
P.O. Box 4972
Omaha, NE 68104

For more information, contact Benson Theatre Executive Director Amy Ryan at amy@bensontheatre.org.

About the project

Our home at 6054 Maple Street.

Our versatile new home at 6054 Maple Street.

The Benson Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that fosters the success of artists, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and underserved populations within the historic community of Benson in Omaha, Neb. Our goal is to restore the historic Benson Theatre at 6054 Maple Street to serve as a shared community space for business education and artistic performance. The theatre will offer independent programming and serve as an alternative stage in north Omaha for existing nonprofits, schools and performing arts organizations.

Built in 1923 as a vaudeville theater, the building is currently closed to public assembly and in need of  a full  renovation. The nonprofit purchased the building in September 2014 and is currently raising funds for the building renovation and the nonprofit’s early operating expenses.

Benson is a flourishing arts and entertainment district, and the timing to restore our historic theater and bring more diverse entertainment and vital business education to our community has never been better. Your tax-deductible donation will help preserve a historic landmark and support more educational opportunities for Benson and the greater Omaha community.

Future programming

The theatre’s programming will include educational workshops and seminars during the day and entertainment in the evening. Our nonprofit will provide performance space and vital financial education resources not currently accessible in this urban area.

Workshops:

Entertainment:

Historic restoration

Old-Benson2The Benson Theatre first operated as the Benalto Theater from 1923 to 1926. From 1927 to 1953, the theater was part   of a chain of neighborhood theaters owned by the Epstein Bros. It could originally seat an assembly of 400 for vaudeville performances, film screenings and community events. The Benson Theatre Project is working with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture and Lund-Ross Constructors to complete the historic renovation. Construction will include the following:

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