Benson Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded to renovate the historic Benalto Theatre at 6054 Maple Street in Omaha, Neb. Our mission is to engage, enhance and enrich the community through educational and artistic experiences. Built in 1923 as a vaudeville theater, 6054 Maple Street is currently closed to public assembly. A capital campaign is under way to renovate our facility and build out our programming.
We currently operate The B Side of Benson Theatre at 6058 Maple Street, a 2,910 square foot event venue that can be booked for workshops, seminars, networking events, forums, fundraisers, creative performances, receptions, private events and more. B Side also serves as storage and office space for our staff.
Our goals are to:
Improve the quality of life for residents of North Omaha
Provide educational programming for artists, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and the underserved that gives them the skills they need to become successful in today’s marketplace
Preserve a piece of Omaha’s architectural and cultural history
Enhance collaboration among Omaha’s nonprofits, performing arts organizations and schools
Increase exposure and build new audiences for our community partners
While a number of communities across the country have renovated cherished movie palaces or vaudeville theaters for current use, our dual-nature operating plan promotes all art forms, meets a variety of need and helps generate the operating revenue necessary to meet our bottom line:
During the day, our facilities focus on providing educational opportunities that foster the success of artists, nonprofits, small business owners and underserved populations in North Omaha and throughout the city.
During the evening, our facilities serve as a performance venue for our community partners (and us, of course!) and welcome all art forms – comedy, dance, film, music, the spoken word, theatre, the visual arts and more. We are the future home of the Omaha Film Festival.
We have developed more than 75 community partnerships with area nonprofits and organizations that intend to use our facilities for performances and educational workshops, and this number continues to grow. For more information about how to become a community partner, call 402.991.4333.