Going to the movies is a favorite American pastime, and with good reason – what’s better than sitting down and losing yourself in a great film? Nebraska has some pretty great movie theaters that entertain with movies both old and new. Here are 8 of the coolest unique movie theaters in the state of Nebraska.
Film Streams, Omaha
Located in the North Downtown district of Omaha, Film Streams/Ruth Sokolof Theater was opened in 2007 as a vehicle for film as art. The larger of their two screens shows first-run movies while the second screen focuses on classic films, art films, and retrospectives.
Five Rocks Amphitheater, Gering
Located on the scenic Five Rocks Road, this impressive 3,000 seat amphitheater hosts plenty of music concerts and events. But during the summer months, they present Thursday night "Movies at the Rocks," showing first-run feature movies and classic films.
The Grand Theater, Grand Island
The Grand's long history stretches back to the 1920s when it was called The Lydia Movie House. After closing several times and suffering a fire, the Grand has been rescued once again and turned over to a nonprofit organization. The beautiful theater with the massive neon sign is now home to the acclaimed Prairie Lights Film Festival.
Gothenburg Sun Theatre, Gothenburg
The Gothenburg Sun Theater was built as an opera house in 1909 and converted to a cinema in 1927. Since being saved from closure in 1983 by nonprofit organization The Gothenburg Community Playhouse, the building has hosted both live theatre and movie screenings. The facility was recently remodeled and runs entirely on donations, memberships, grants, and volunteers.
Majestic Theatre, Lexington
The Majestic first opened in 1915 and was operated by the same family until closing in 2009. In 2012, the 8th grade students of Lexington Public Schools urged the school board to purchase and renovate the old building. The school board agreed, and the middle and high school students were an integral part of the demolition and remodel. The students and teachers reopened the theater in June 2015, in time for the Majestic's 100th anniversary. Now, the theater is an unconventional hands-on educational project for the students, who are involved in every last aspect of the theatre's operations.
The Sandhills Drive-In, Alliance
One of only two remaining drive-in theaters in the state, The Sandhills shows first-run movies June through August. It's located three miles southeast of Alliance and has a 250-car capacity.
TK-Starlite Drive-In, Neligh
As one of the two remaining drive-in theaters in Nebraska, TK-Starlite is a big attraction in northeast Nebraska. They show first-run movies rain or shine, every day except Monday and Tuesday.
The World Theatre, Kearney
This nonprofit, volunteer-run theater highlights film as art. They show documentaries, cult hits, and classic films. Tickets are just $5, so a trip to The World is way cheaper than a night out at a big multi-plex theater.
Which unique Nebraska theater is your favorite for catching a new release or a classic film? Let us know in the comments below!