El Portal Theatre

310 Fremont Street,
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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El Portal Theatre

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The El Portal Theatre was built on the site of the old Las Vegas Airdome. It opened on June 21, 1928 with a pre-release screening of Clara Bow’s movie “Ladies of the Mob”.

It was the first building in Las Vegas to install air-conditioning.

Closed in the late-1970’s, it became El Portal Gifts and now serves as an Indian Arts & Crafts store. Some of the decorative interior remains intact, mainly the ceiling beams.

Contributed by Scott Zimmerman

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 14, 2009 at 6:06 am

Here is a night version of the 1973 street photo.

EricV on August 29, 2010 at 9:11 am

Trivia – The film “Meet Me in Las Vegas” with Dan Dailey and Cyd Charisse had it’s premiere at the El Portal on February 21, 1956. The stars appeared that same night on Milton Berle’s color tv show direct from the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel. This was the first color telecast from Las Vegas.

DonLewis on December 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

From the 1940s a postcard view of Fremont Street along with the El Portal Theatre in Las Vegas.

coffee4binky on May 13, 2012 at 2:08 am

Okay, I’ve been in this theater a lot, but only as the Indian shop. I wish it was a theater again instead.

Tinseltoes on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

Modernization described in this 1961 trade article: Boxoffice

RandNoel on February 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Saw “Gone with the Wind” with my folks here, I remember parking was difficult (There were no parking lots in those years) and during the intermission having a look around the theater for the 1st time. as I grew up it became a standard place to see many movies.

RandNoel on February 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

fyi Constructed in 1928 by Salt Lake City Builders Ryburg and Sorenson. Owners Ernie Cragin and William Pike spent !50,000.00 to build it.

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