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

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

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…

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

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

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

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

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

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

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

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on September 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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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