Rendering

About the Project

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

 

We Bought the Building!

After receiving more than $309,000 in donations, the Benson Theatre nonprofit purchased the neighborhood’s historic vaudeville theater in September 2014 with plans to restore its classic stage. The nonprofit leased the theater building from April 2012 to August 2014 while raising funds to buy and restore the landmark.

Built in 1923 as a vaudeville theater, the Benson Theatre is currently closed to public assembly and in need of a full renovation. Benson is a flourishing arts and entertainment district, and the Theatre’s prime location has the potential to bring thousands of new visitors to the Benson business district for more than 500 events annually. Your tax-deductible donation will help preserve a historic landmark and support more educational opportunities for Benson and the greater Omaha community.

 

Donate to our Capital Campaign

The Benson Theatre nonprofit is currently raising an additional $1.2 million to fund the building renovation and our first two years of operating expenses.

Once open, the Benson Theatre aims to create self-sustainable revenue streams from entertainment ticket, program, and beverage sales, memberships, merchandise sales, and facility rental fees.

The Benson Theatre has the potential to enhance collaboration among Omaha’s existing nonprofits, schools, and performing arts organizations while improving the quality of life for Benson and north Omaha residents. Your tax-deductible donation will help preserve a historic landmark and support more educational opportunities for Benson and the greater Omaha community.

Help us reach our goal and donate online to the Benson Theatre. Donations can also be mailed to the nonprofit at P.O. Box 4972, Omaha, NE 68104. For more information on sponsorships, contact Benson Theatre Director Amy Ryan at amy@bensontheatre.org.

 

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 that are not currently accessible in this urban area.

Workshops:

Entertainment:

 

Historic Restoration

The Benson Theatre first operated from 1923-1926 as the Benalto Theater. From 1927-1953, the theater was part of a chain of neighborhood theaters owned by the Epstein Bros. The Benson Theatre could originally seat an assembly of 400 for vaudeville performances, film screenings, and community events. The Benson Theatre Project is working with Omaha architect Alley Poyner Macchietto and Omaha general contractor Lund-Ross Constructors to complete the historic renovation. The estimated $850,000 project will include:

 

Take a Tour

Come see the historic Benson Theatre! Contact Executive Director Amy Ryan at amy@bensontheatre.org to schedule a tour, or visit the theater during events throughout the spring. Stay updated on upcoming events and Like the Benson Theatre on Facebook.

 

 

Many Thanks To Our Partners