Voice of the City
Welcome to Benson Theatre! Our home was built in 1923 as a vaudeville theatre. In its day, vaudeville – which translates to 'voice of the city' – was a meeting place, an inclusive form of theatre that flourished especially in New York, where it fostered cultural exchange among the city's ethnic groups.
Our Roots
The Benson Theatre first operated as the Benalto Theater from 1923 to 1926. It could seat an assembly of 400 for vaudeville performances, film screenings and community events.


Unity: What Connects Us


Unity: What Connects Us

November 1 | Free | All ages!

BFF Omaha and Big Brother Big Sisters of the Midlands have teamed forces this month to bring a wonderful night of devised art by Bigs and Littles- lead by  BFF Omaha’s Laura Simpson.

The Big and Little matches have been taking art classes at the B-Side, and creating artwork to highlight their class’s theme, “What We Have In Common”. The matches met over a series of classes, brainstormed and created art inspired by their mentoring relationships and their role in their community.

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands as we debut their artwork at their own Art Show and Open House!

Make sure you’re there for a gallery talk at 7pm, where we’ll hear a match talk about their art piece and also their relationship through Big Brothers Big Sisters. 


Help Open Our Doors

A $3 million capital campaign is under way to renovate 6054 Maple Street and build out our staffing and programming. Consider a donation today! For more information, contact Benson Theatre Executive Director Amy Ryan at info@bensontheatre.org.