PRESS RELEASE | FOR RELEASE ON:   Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Contact: Bruce Crawford   402-393-4884


“Raiders of the Lost Ark” special event May 17 in Omaha

TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz attending to celebrate 50th screening of classic films


Omaha, NE – April 24, 2024 – Celebrate the magic of cinema with Omaha film historian Bruce Crawford as he presents his 50th tribute to classic films. The milestone event will showcase the legendary blockbuster, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, on Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

This special screening commemorates the adventurous spirit and cultural impact of the 1981 classic. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as the iconic Indiana Jones, the film invites audiences to rediscover the exhilaration of the chase for the Ark of the Covenant against the backdrop of a world on the brink of war.


  • Screening: “Raiders of The Lost Ark” (1981)
  • Date & Time: Friday, May 17, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St, Omaha NE 68132
  • Ticket Cost: $30.00 – Available for purchase starting Wednesday, April 24

Ben Mankiewicz, the esteemed host of Turner Classic Movies, will enrich the evening with an exclusive on-stage discussion about the film’s enduring legacy and its significance in American pop culture. Fans will also have the unique opportunity to engage with Mankiewicz during a post-show meet-and-greet session.

In its initial release, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” dominated box offices worldwide and was later enshrined in the National Film Registry for its historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance. As the latest in a series of beloved classic film screenings, Crawford has hosted events featuring epic narratives such as “Ben Hur,” “Gone with the Wind,” and “The Godfather,” with guest appearances by Hollywood royalty.

The 50th classic film event promises to be a night of nostalgia and excitement. All proceeds will benefit the Omaha Christian Academy. Don’t miss this extraordinary tribute to the timeless adventure that continues to capture the hearts of moviegoers.

Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained by calling (402) 399-9565 or visiting


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Note to News Directors & Editors: High-resolution images, historical film facts, and interview opportunities with Bruce Crawford are available upon request.

🎥✨ Omaha Advertising is thrilled to announce our support for the illustrious Omaha Classic Film Event! Join us in celebrating the enchantment of classic cinema with our good friend and renowned film historian, Bruce Crawford. 🎬

This year marks a spectacular milestone as Bruce presents his 50th film tribute! He’s rolling out the red carpet for the iconic adventure that captivated the hearts of millions, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” 🏆

Don’t miss this blockbuster experience: 📅 Friday, May 17, 2024 📍 Omaha Community Playhouse

Be part of this cinematic journey through time with stories, insights, and the thrill that only the golden age of film can provide. See you there!

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