Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. Alamo’s ninja servers pick up written food and drink orders throughout the movie and serve moviegoers directly at their seat. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it “one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,” and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
"A tropical paradise," the headline reads, "Just ignore the cornfields on the way there." These few words on a story about a Hawaiian-themed home near Papillion sum up Omaha Magazine's editorial vision: fun, informational, and tongue-in-cheek—and always paired with an awe-inspiring glossy picture. The magazine highlights the city and surrounding area, featuring lifestyle pieces, restaurant reviews, sports and arts stories, health tips, and business profiles. And its annual Best of Omaha list, a staple since the mid '80s, gives readers the power to award their favorite grocery stores, Mexican restaurants, banks, and magazines with coveted titles instead of more homemade papier-mache trophies.
Since 1925, the Dundee Theatre’s gold curtains have been parting for generations of rapt audiences. Originally a vaudeville theater, the venue was transformed into a movie house during the Great Depression as a cost-cutting measure. For the next half century it traded hands, sometimes screening art films, sometimes featuring family fare, and once showing a 118-week run of The Sound of Music, which was eventually halted by a town statute banning raindrops on roses.
In 1980, current owner Denny Moran stepped in and renovated the theater to recapture some of the splendor of its early days. The old vaudevillian stage and dressing rooms still lurk behind the silver screen, counterbalanced by a state-of-the-art Dolby Digital EX sound system and Cyrano de Bergerac smell system. Under Moran's watch, the Dundee Theatre now screens an eclectic mix of art and independent films, cinema classics, and cult favorites.
Spice up your week with a trip to The Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery in Omaha, and enjoy grub at the top of its game.
Al fresco eating options are also available at The Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Sit back and enjoy the restaurant's live music, or take your table out on the dance floor.
The noise level can sometimes reach near deafening levels, so save your conversations for another night.
Weekends are when crowds really head to The Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery, so plan accordingly.
Garage and street parking are readily available near The Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at The Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery.
Avoid the hunt for an ATM and stop by one on your way to The Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery, a local cash-only restaurant.
Since 2005, the Omaha Film Festival, or OFF, has been exposing Omaha movie lovers to little-seen narrative features, documentaries, and short films from Nebraska and around the world. Each year, the festival screens more than 100 films, with many screenings attended by the filmmakers themselves and followed by informative Q&A sessions. Additional panels, lectures, and workshops at the concurrent Filmmakers Conference have featured such accomplished speakers as Oscar-winning Avatar cinematographer Mauro Fiore, Miss Congeniality director Donald Petrie, and Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black. Opening- and closing-night parties draw cinephiles and filmmakers alike to local hotspots for a chance to discuss cinematography or meet the only other person in the world campaigning for a Citizen Kane sequel.
Want something more than just a weekend out at the bars? Omaha's The Waiting offers the perfect theater to shake your weekend up.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this club promises the perfect dish for you.
Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores.
Need a drink? Check out the extensive and well-crafted beverage list.
If dancing is on the menu, the club also features live bands and an open floor.
The club is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Those in a rush are better off dining here during the week, as the club draws a crowd during the weekend.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the club's Maple St location offers nearby street parking.