Friday, June 3, 2011

Can a Art Film Theater and a Indie Venue Save a City?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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NPR's Planet Money ran a feature on how a movie theater and a indie rock club are bringing back life to Omaha, Nebraska. Of course, we have the hottest entertainment spot in the country, so we're fine.

The movie theater, Film Streams, is a marvel. It's brand new, gorgeous and only plays sophisticated independent films. Next door is the Slowdown, which Esquire called the best indie-rock club in the country.

The Slowdown — like Film Streams and almost everything in Omaha that's very cool — is very new.

While I was there, I met several architects and web designers who all said they moved back to Omaha, at least in part, because of this club and the movie theater next door.

They're part of a remarkable wave in Omaha: Professionals are moving back.

It all started with some young guys and some surprisingly good music.

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