Bit by bit, Omaha continues to build up its civic assets.
The list includes museums, our nationally recognized zoo, a top-flight downtown convention center-arena and ballpark, well-attended performing arts venues, strong retail and restaurant opportunities, redevelopment of the riverfront, all tied together with appropriate community appearance standards. All are the kind of amenities that Omaha needs as it competes with other regional cities.
Another of Omaha’s cultural assets recently marked its fifth anniversary: Film Streams, the art house theater that’s contributed significantly to the ambience and energy of north downtown. Such an attraction fills a niche in a city’s cultural scene.
For instance, Film Streams last month showcased the classic 1923 silent film “Safety Last” featuring Nebraska native Harold Lloyd. As The World-Herald’s Bob Fischbach noted, the movie “was one of the first full-length feature comedies” and is “the oldest movie on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Most Thrilling Movies.”
Film Streams organizes particular events around various themes, often with outreach to school and community groups.
A recent World-Herald news article by Barbara Soderlin noted that Film Streams is on stable financial footing and is developing a long-range plan to guide it to the next level. That’s encouraging for Film Streams’ future and for Omaha’s.