El Dorado Theatre

5909 E. Broadway Boulevard,
Tucson, AZ 85711

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El Dorado Theatre

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ABC’s El Dorado Theatre was the first theatre in Tucson to accommodate multiple film formats, including 70mm. Opening in June 1967 as a single-screen house with 724 seats, it was expanded with the addition of a second screen in 1975.

The El Dorado Theatre was later taken over by Cineplex Odeon, and in 1988 the original theatre and its addition were demolished. A 2,000-seat six-screen multiplex of the same name was built at a different location on E. Broadway Boulevard.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

June 14th, 1967 ad is at
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June 25th, 1975 twin announcement is at
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

Great ads Mike,“French Connection II” certainly a disappointment at many theatres.

Logan5 on February 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

The El Dorado was part of the Plitt chain and then Cineplex Odeon when I lived in Tucson in the late ‘80s.

mousemovie on March 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

IA – Mr. Congelli and Frank are a couple of names I haven’t heard in a very long time. Good times…

Tinseltoes on July 26, 2012 at 4:16 am

Described in this 1967 trade article: Boxoffice

ajtarantex on January 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

yeah Ed Congelli was at the Northpoint and the District Office in San Francisco when it ABC Plitt. Jackie was his Assistant

Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 5:12 am

Aerial photos show that the 2nd screen was built on the west side of the original.

Tucsonman on August 13, 2014 at 6:54 am

Here are said aerials:http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=2000&lon=-110.86620882154&lat=32.221724912524&year=1980

Tucsonman on August 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

My mom, my aunt, & my nana saw A New Hope here.

Tucsonman on September 10, 2014 at 7:55 am

Here’s a link to a photo when they were replacing the 2-screen building with the 6-screen building:http://tucson.com/news/local/tucson-time-capsule-el-dorado-movie-theater-made-way-for/article_6f986ee0-9111-5956-89b4-0cbce2a2f14f.html

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