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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Coate
Coate on October 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm

The Cine El Dorado opened on June 14, 1967. The debut attraction was, appropriately, “El Dorado.”

IA
IA on June 12, 2010 at 12:19 am

El Dorado was first theater in Tucson 70mm equipped. First 70mm
film was “Gone With The Wind”.
Manager: Edward Congelli, Assistant: Linda Wallace
Projectionist: Frank Lauerman

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2010 at 5:19 am

IA: Thanks for the correction. When I submitted this theater, I did say that the El Dorado was the first house in Tucson equipped for 70mm films (I kept a copy of my original submission, and just checked it.) The text must have been edited by a moderator after Michael Coate’s comment was posted.

An item in Boxoffice from around the time of the El Dorado’s opening was my source, but unfortunately I failed to make a note of the specific issue in which it appeared.

Coate
Coate on July 19, 2010 at 12:48 am

<<< The text must have been edited by a moderator after Michael Coate’s comment was posted. >>>

Joe, I copied-and-pasted one of your intro sentences for context when I made my posting of Oct. 5, 2009, so if it’s true that a moderator edited your intro, then it would mean they also edited my comment. Can a moderator explain this?

The CT staff really ought not make revisions to the introductory write-ups without making a note of such revisions. A date and time stamp for revisions would be ideal.

Regardless of whatever editorial monkey business has taken place, it would appear that I was mistaken about Buena Vista being equipped for 70mm upon its construction and grand opening. I’m still under the impression, though, that it had 70mm capability later on in its life despite claims by IA to the contrary.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 7:11 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 5:27 pm

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

Logan5
Logan5 on February 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

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

mousemovie
mousemovie on March 8, 2012 at 12:20 am

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

Described in this 1967 trade article: Boxoffice

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on January 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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

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