Astro Theater

Astro Theater
Astro Theater
Location Omaha, Nebraska

41°15′25.89″N 95°56′32.78″W / 41.2571917°N 95.9424389°W / 41.2571917; -95.9424389Coordinates: 41°15′25.89″N 95°56′32.78″W / 41.2571917°N 95.9424389°W / 41.2571917; -95.9424389

Built 1926[2]
Architect John Eberson[2]
Architectural style Classical Revival, Exotic Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74001108[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 13, 1974
Designated  October 21, 1980[2]

The Astro Theater originally opened as The Riviera and is now known as the Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center or The Rose.[2] It is located at 2001 Farnam Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Built in 1926 in a combination of both Moorish and Classical styles, the building was rehabilitated in 1986.[3]


Noted for lavish stage shows combined with movies, the Riviera was regarded as one of the most elegant entertainment facilities in the Midwest. John Eberson, a nationally notable architect, built the theater as an example of the "atmospheric" theater popular during the 1920s. In a style created by Eberson, these atmospheric theaters simulated romantic outdoor Mediterranean courtyards with a night sky above, including twinkling stars and drifting clouds.[4]

The exterior of the building features a large copper domed tower, flanked by two smaller towers of similar detailing. The diamond-patterned brick facades contain oriel windows, elaborate cornices, glazed terra-cotta tile copings, and a series of free-standing columns which support griffins.[5]

Creighton University sold the Astro Theater to Rose Blumkin of the Nebraska Furniture Mart on June 24, 1981.[6] In the early 1990s it was renovated and transformed into the Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center and currently serves as the home of the Emmy Gifford Children's Theater.[7][8]


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