The 10 Best Historic Theaters in Nebraska!

Whether it’s a movie or musical, there’s nothing like experiencing a show in a stunning, historic theater. Across the state of Nebraska, you can still find a number of theaters built in the early 1920s, and even before that. From former vaudeville spaces to theaters that once screened silent films, experience a step back in time at one of these 10 incredible historic theaters in Nebraska. 

1. Midwest Theater, Scottsbluff, NE

The Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff is a restored 1946 entertainment hall that hosts a variety of live music, movies, and theater events. A visit will transport you back in time and because of its history, the Midwest Theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

2. Dundee Theater, Omaha, NE

The Dundee Theater in Omaha is a single-screen movie house that dates back to 1925. Today, the theater projects independent flicks and cult classics, but the 300-seat theater was once the “it” place to be in the city. 

3. The Grand Theatre, Grand Island, NE

The Grand Theatre is a defining building in the town of Grand Island. Now a locally-run non-profit, the theatre shows a variety of films and shows throughout the year. 

4. World Theatre, Kearney, NE

Built in 1927, the World Theatre is housed inside of the historic Masonic Temple in Kearney. After being closed for several years, the theatre reopened in 2012 but still features its 1920s elements. 

A post shared by ~Q~ (@quincypop) on

5. The Rose Theater, Omaha, NE

The Rose Blumkin Theater, or known simply as “The Rose,” originally opened as the Riviera and quickly became another defining theater in downtown Omaha. For almost 70 years, the Rose Theater has been dedicated to live performing arts and showcasing local and national talent. 

6. Pioneer 3 Theatre, Nebraska City, NE

The Pioneer 3 Theatre in Nebraska City is a local destination for entertainment with a side of nostalgia. This historic three-screen theater is still showing movies over 60 years after it opened.

A post shared by Herb Thompson (@thompsonherb) on

7. The Haymarket Theatre, Lincoln, NE

The beautiful, 145-seat Haymarket Theatre in downtown Lincoln is one of the top venues for live performances, musicals, and more. 

8. Orpheum Theater, Omaha, NE

Located in downtown Omaha, the Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927 and remains one of the state’s most popular performing arts venues. Last year, the theater underwent a $3 million update, and is definitely a Nebraska landmark not to be missed.

9. Brownville Village Theatre, Brownville, NE

The Brownsville Village Theatre is more than 50 years old and was created out of an old church. This intimate theater hosts a number of productions and performances year-round.

10. Benson Theatre, Omaha, NE

Built in 1923, the Benson Theatre was once known as the Benalto Theater and would organize a number of performances, film screenings, and events. Today, it is undergoing major renovations to once again entertain and enrich the Omaha community.

View more Nebraska Theaters and Playhouses.
Select a Nebraska town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Visit a Theater or Playhouse Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Select your town to find the Best Things To Do and Places To Go around you:

Adams County

Antelope County

Arthur County

Banner County

Blaine County

Boone County

Box Butte County

Boyd County

Brown County

Buffalo County

Burt County

Butler County

Cass County

Cedar County

Chase County

Cherry County

Cheyenne County

Clay County

Colfax County

Cuming County

Custer County

Dakota County

Dawes County

Dawson County

Deuel County

Dixon County

Dodge County

Douglas County

Dundy County

Fillmore County

Franklin County

Frontier County

Furnas County

Gage County

Garden County

Garfield County

Gosper County

Grant County

Greeley County

Hall County

Hamilton County

Harlan County

Hayes County

Hitchcock County

Holt County

Hooker County

Howard County

Jefferson County

Johnson County

Kearney County

Keith County

Keya Paha County

Kimball County

Knox County

Lancaster County

Lincoln County

Logan County

Loup County

Madison County

Mcpherson County

Merrick County

Morrill County

Nance County

Nemaha County

Nuckolls County

Otoe County

Pawnee County

Perkins County

Phelps County

Pierce County

Platte County

Polk County

Red Willow County

Richardson County

Rock County

Saline County

Sarpy County

Saunders County

Scotts Bluff County

Seward County

Sheridan County

Sherman County

Sioux County

Stanton County

Thayer County

Thomas County

Thurston County

Valley County

Washington County

Wayne County

Webster County

Wheeler County

York County