The Dundee Theater, Omaha's only remaining single-screen movie house, will soon undergo a major renovation, owner Denny Moran said Wednesday.
The renovation will include refinishing the theater's original stage, which is behind the movie screen.
The Dundee opened around 1925 as a vaudeville house. Moran hopes to bring live music and theater back to the Dundee in addition to playing the independent arthouse films the theater has shown since he bought it in 1980.
The theater will close for a couple of months during renovation.
Moran said the timing of the close depends on delivery of a new digital projector and a retractable screen, which is being manufactured in France. That was the only company he could find that makes a 40-foot-wide screen that rolls up, the same size as the Dundee has now.
The renovations will include widening the seats, recovering them with mohair and adding cupholders; installing a new state-of-the-art digital projector alongside the present film projector; new speakers; a new popcorn machine; sanding and staining the concrete floors and the stage; new lobby carpet, and lots of fresh paint.
The theater was last renovated in 1987. Moran's wife, Janet, will again make the choices in decor.
“The old curtains and everything are still back behind the stage,” Moran said. “It's in pretty good shape back there.”
The theater has already installed a new heating and cooling system, and updated the wiring.
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